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Selma, 1889. I 



HOWARD COLLEGE 
LIBRARY 

ALABAMA f 

BAPTIST 
STATE 
CONVENTION. 



OFFICERS AND BOARDS. 

President— Jonathan Haralson, Sclma. 
First Vice-President — J. C. Bush, Mobile. 
Second Vice-President — Jno. A. Foster, Cluyton. 
'Secretary — Win, A. Davie, Anniston. 
Statistical Secretary — Geo. \V. Ellin, Montgomery. 
Trcnmrer — Eugene F. Enslen, Birmingham". 
Auditor — M. (J. Hudson, Birmingham. 

lUreetors — President, Vice-Presidents, Secretary, Treasurer ex officio ; 
H. A. Haralson, W. P. Welch, II. S. I). Mallorv, M. A. Keith' Law 
Lamar, Porter King, S. W. Averett, 0. C. Huekabee, II. D. D. 
Straton. 

Stale Mission Board — W. P. Orumpton, Corresponding Secretary and 
Treasurer; A. J. Goodwin, Auditor; Jonathan Haralson, \V. P. 
• Welch, H. A. Haralson, 11. S. I). Mallorv, W. C Cleveland, 1). I. 
Purser, W. G. Curry, T. S Bowen, II. D. D. Straton, (J. S. Ander- 
son, Jos. Shackelford, J. P. Shaffer, Paw Lamar, M. A. Keith, S. 
Frank Fowlkes, B F. Riley, 11. P. Anderson, G. A. Joiner, J. C. Love- 
luce, W. C. Bledsoe. 

Btxird of Ministerial Education— M. B. Wharton, G. W. Ellis, C. W. 
Hare, (J. S. Anderson, W. L. Pickard, J. G. Harris, J. E. Chambliss, 
G. \\ . Thomas, W. C. Cleveland, J. L. Thompson, T. H. Stout. 
'Church Building Hoard — (Jeo. B. Eager, M. H. Lane. M. I). Early, S. 
Henderson, Win. A. Davis, S. W. Welch, J. W. Bishop, M. G. Hud- 
son, James Crook. 

Bible and Colportage. Board — W. E. Hudson, President; W. E. Lloyd, 
G. A. Hornadv, J. P. Shaffer, W. C. Bledsoe, J. A. Howard, Z. I). 
Uohy, W. L. Hood, J. 0. Condon. 

Trustees of Howard College— Term expires 1S!)1 : J. W. Johnson.JB. L. 
Hibbard, W. C. Ward, B. H. Crumpton, W. N. Peeves, J. Shackel- 
ford, S. Henderson, W. T. Hendon. Term expires 1893: D. I. 
Purser, Porter. King. M. B. Wharton, P. II. Sterrett, N. F. Miles, 
W. C. Cleveland, E. B. Teague, John K. Tyson. Terms expires 1895 : 
T. (}. Bush, John II. Eulmnks, W. T. Smith, F. M. Wood, W. II. 
Wood, W. Wilkes, K. W. Beck, J. T. Fitzgerald. 

Trustees of Jndson Institute— John Moore, J. B. Lovelace, C. C. Huek- 
abee, \V. W. Wilkerson.H. A. Haralson, J. C. Bush, W. B. Crump- 
ton, J. II. Marbury, J. T. Fitzgerald, B. F. Ellis, J. P. Shaffer. T. T. 
Daughdrill, W. P. Welch, W.'T. Smith. 

STANDING COMMITTEES TO REPORT NEXT YEAR : 

Programme— 3. J. Taylor and Deacons of St. Francis street Church. 
S<d>halh-»chooh—\V. M. Blackwelder, R. W. Beck, W. B. Carter, S. J. 

Catts, J. W. Dickinson. 
Forrian Missions— A. W. McGaha, J. P.Shaffer, II. D. D. Straton. W. 

J. D. I/pshaw, I. A. White. 
Home Missions— J. II. Foster, Jr., J. M. McCord, C. W. O'Hara, Win. 
• A. Parker, J. L. Thompson. 
Temperance— T. W. Hart, L. L. Lee, P. L. Moseley, J 0. Wright, J. A. 

Wynne. 
hXucation—J. B. Graham, J. F. Purser, T. W. Palmer, J. H. Reeves, D. 

S. Martin. • ' 

Woman' » rVork—B. A. Jackson, D. M. Ramsey, B; P, Wilson, A. T. 

Sims, J. M. Fortune. 
Introductory Sermon— W. L. Pickard ; alternate, W. H. Smith. 
Next Session— Mobile, November 7, 1890. 



Alabama Baptist State Convention. 



SIXTY-SIXTH ANNUAL SESSION. 



1. On Friday, November 8th, 1880, The Alabama 
Baptist Statk Convention assembled in Sixty-sixth 
Annual Session, with the Sclma Baptist Church, at 
Selma, Alabama, at 9 o'clock a. m. 

2. The Convention was railed to order by the Presi- 
dent, Jonathan Haralson. 

3. Win. A. Davis acted as Secretary. 

4. Devotional exercises were conducted by T. II. 
Stout. 

5. Delegates were enrolled as follows: 

FROM ASSOCIATIONS. 

Alabama, — G. S. Anderson, F. ('. Planter. 

Antioch— S. M. Tucker. 

Bethel— I. A. White, F. M. Dunawav. 

Bethel, South— J. W. Dickinson, Win. A. Parker, J. H. Creighton, 
J. H. Fendley. 

Bhjt,ee—\L A. Clay, J. D. Cook, J. G. Apwy, J. R. Larkin, A. J. 
lleam. 

Cahaba— T. W. Hart, J. P. Ilarrin, L. M. Bradley, D. C. Culbretk, 
W. B. Jeffries, J. K. King. 

Cahaba Valley — J. A. Glenn. 

Canaan— R. W\ Peck, G. D. Staton. 

Carey — W. T. Davis. 

Centennial — J. 0. Hixson. 

Central— C. J. Jackson, It. A. -J. Cumbie, \V. J. I>. Upshaw, G. A. 
Sorrell, D. S. Martin. 

Cowcuh — A. T. Sims, K. P. Loveless, 

Coota River— J. R. Lloyd, M. H. Lane, G. A. Joiner, J. S. Kelly, 
M. IX Early, Catt Smith, J. C. Wright, Aimer Williams. 

Elim—W. 8. Brown. 

Evfanla— T. II. Stout, J. A. Foster, A. B. Bush. ^ t 

Harris — W. B. Carter, George K. Brewer. 

Liberty, East— J. P. Shaffer, W. C. Ble<lsoe. LJSSTi 

Mobile-S. O. Y. Rav. 

Montgomery — B. A. Jackson. 

Midberry—J. M. Langston. J^ A "' ■" *"* 



Munch Sh(K\h — J. B. Iluekabee, 

JVete River— 3. K. Cox. 

North River— J. K. Barnard. ,1 r .- 

Pine Barren— ~D. \V. Ramsey. 

Salem— P. L. Moseley. 

Setma—3. ]{. Crnmnton, 

Shell,,/— V.. B. Teajflie.C. \V. O'llnni. 

Tenneme Hirer L ( '. Coulson, II, II. Horton, 

Tiuealaena -3, E. Wllnon. 
Tmkeyee- C. W. Muck. 
[. r ntb» — W. C. Maves, M. 15. Taylor. 

Unity— 11 W. Caffev, 1'. M. Mnurv. J. W. MiteheP, W. N. Hueka- 
bee, W.S. Rmlflirk, J'. R. Hooks. 

PROM CHURCHES. 

Ati.nnitltr City R, A. J. Cumhie, ('. J. Jackson, (i. A. Porrell. 

Aitninlmi, Vurker Memorial George B. (Cager, Win. A. Davie. 

Antioeh M. I*. Latlgston. 

Mtifoirn- W. K. Llovil, l\ II. Mell. 

licnton- S..I. Catts." 

/frt/if/ (i. S. Anderson, J. M. Mrlri'r. 

Jielhmla—1\ S. Martin. 

liitlixiiidn- .1. K. Chnnihlim. 

Rlocklotl- J.(i. I,o\\t IV. 

Hi rm i mjham, \*t \V. L Piekard. D. I. Purser. 

Hirmiiiifham,S<,iithxiflr—V. T. Male, \V. C. Ward, W. T. Smith. 

Cuw/J //iff -Z. I>. Knl.V. 

Carrol/ton ('. Johnson. 

fW/l/v /,'/(/(/( .1. I'. Melton, J, H. Williamson, Joseph Swink. 

Chihl, rxhunj Catt Smith. 

Columbia-' W. M. Burr. 

Crau font S. W. Harris. 

C«6a -R A. Clav. 

Elyion—\V. W. Ilarris. 

Elienezcr—3. M. MeCord. 

Etifuiiln —J. C. Iliflcn, T. II. Stout, J. I». Godwin, C. L. Bovil 
J. II. Reeves. 

Evergreen — John W. Stewart. 

Felli'mxhip- J. R. Hocks. 

Fori William*— W. S. Henderson. 

Fttnnan— D. Palmer, W. M, Purifov. 

Gadmlen- 3. A. Wynne. 

Grant'i Crerk- John C. Foster. 

(ireeneille - B. II. Crumpton, W. K. Martin. 

Harmony- A. J. Ivie. 

Jfalioken—Wm, A. Parker. 

Ibt„t*rille~- W. H. Smith. 
Jackmrncille—M. II. Ij»ne. 
Jnn'uxm — A. B. Burns. 

Ishamm — T. B. Ferguson. 

[Avmgrton — W. G Currv. 
Liner'ille—W . T. Davis." 
McKhdry—1. A. White. 

Montgomery, Adam* St.— J. L. Thompson, George W Kllis 
Montgomery, 1*/.— M. B. Wharton, K. M. Cook, J. <J. Harris W R. 
Irev. ' 



Mobile, Palmetto St. -S. O. Y. Ray. 

Mobile, St. Francis St.— J. J. Taylor, A. P. Bush, T. G. Bush, J. C. 
Bush. 

MonieraUo— W. C. Cleveland. 

Mount Ia Itanon- It. K Lindsay. 

Mount Pleasant— J. Q. Lipscomb. 

Mount /Am -J. C. I>ce. 

Ao///i Port- W. M. Blaekwekler. 

Notasulga— K. F. Baber. 

Orrvilk- B. F. Ellis. 

Oxford— AbncT Williams, W. 1). Snow, B. D. Williams. 

Pisqah B. F. Garrison. 

/*?i'w -l/v^ J. M. Cane, W. J. Elliott. Wm. G. llix. 

i'.V /7,(/ K. P. George, J. M. MeCullough. 

Pleamni Hill- .1. K Cox. 

Pleasant Hill [Dallat County) — V. J. Crnmnton, 8. J- Cattn. 

Phcnix City W. B. Carter. 

Jinmah B. A. Jackson. 

lien/roe- F. «J- Mullen. 

Ruhania A. W. McGaha. 

Salem — N. C. Underwood. 

N.//wi J. W. Hudson, U.S. D. Mallory, Law Lamar, M. A. Kcitli, 
J. W.St ill well. 

WiJ/o/i I). B. Edwards. 

Sihxnn II. I). D.Straton, J. B. Lovelace, J. E Fnuicr, L L. Lee, 
W. B. < 'rti in |>t< hi . 

Spring Hank S M. Tucker. 

Snmtcrrille—C. S. Way. 

Si/lacawja — A. Hall. 

tatladega- J. B. Graham, B. F. Wilson, J. S. MeCants 

7Vi(7i Creek— 3. M. Forlune._ 

7V<»v, W — John F. I'urser. 

Tuskegee — <». A. Hornadv. 

Tugkolooxn— J. T. Yerby, T. W. Palmer, F. S. Moody, D. M. Bam- 
Hey. 

I'nioit — II. T. Stringfellow. 

Unitm Springs — J. II. Foster, Jr. 

VVetumpht—H. M. Hunter. 

Woodlawn — T. J. Mason, S. R.C. Adams, <i. D.Staton, J.T. Hood. 

FHOM SOCIETIES. 

Ann Ifasseltine Society of ' Jnd*m\ Institute — T. T. Hanclidrill. 
Ladies' Aid Society, Oxford — Aimer Williams. 



A. P. Bush, 
W. C Clevelan.l, 
J. C. Fonter, 
Jon. Haralson, 
8. Henderson, 



UFK MKMIIKltH. 

(' (.'. lluckahee, 
Porter Kins, 
L W. Lnwler, 
J. B. LoTelaee, 
W. T. Smith, 



E. B. Tcague, 
1. T. Tichenor, 
W. Wilkes, 

W. W. Wil leers, .n. 



6. The following officers were elected, to-wit 

Jonathan Haralson, President. 
J. C. Bush, 1st Vice-President. 
J. A. Foster, 2d V-ice-President. 
Wm. A. Davis, Secretary. 



7. George W". Kllis was appointed Assistant Sec- 
retary. 

8. Correspondents were received as follows: 

American JlnitliM PuWealion Society—. C. 0. Hitting, F. J. Paxon. 
Foreign Mimtam Banrtl T. P. Hell, W. ('. Bledsoe. 
Ifoiiu Mmiim liiMinl I. T. Tielienor, A. J. Diaz, G. 8. Anderson. 
Georgia Gmrrnt'um .1. K. Jenkins, J. B. Hawthorne. 
Kentucky ('munition- W. P. Harvey. 
Tenwxxtr Cmmiititm A. J. Dickinson. 
rloriiht Conmdion — W. S. Brown, A. J. Diaz. 
Virginia General Amncialion—3, M. Frost. 
Southern Itiijitixt Theological Seminary — Hasil Manly. 
The Atafouna Rn/iliii—V, W. Har<\ 

9. Correspondents were returned as follows: 

Florida Concent ion- B. A. Jackson, J. W. Stewart, G. E. Brewer, 
Z. \K Holiv.T. H. Stout, .1. H. Foster. B. II. Crumpton. 

Georgia Vomrntion T. K. Stout, W. B. Carter, M. II. Lane, G. E. 
Brewer, I!. A. J. Cnnihie, C. W. Buck, J. A. Wvnne, J. 0. Hi'xson, 
II. D. D. Straton. 

Mi**i*«i/>l>i Cvtirention—Ti. I. Purser, W. A. Parker, A. J. Ilearn, 
S. 0. Y. Kay, J. M. Lanpton, J. E. Cox. . 

Trnnewe(\mvention—L.C Coulaon, If. P.'Earlv, P. Brown, F. C. 
It«ster, S. K. ('. Adams. J). I. Purser, II. II. llorton, J. P. Shaffer, 
J. A. Wynne, (i. P. Staton. 

Kentucky Contention -V. ('. Plaster, C. W. Buck, P. T. Hale. 

10. A communication was read from Rev. C. L. 
Puree, President of Selina University, inviting the Con- 
vention t<> send a committee to visit that institution 
and on motion of L. C. Coulson, a committee consist- 
ing of L C. Coulson, D. I. Purser, A. B. Bush, J. W. 
Dickinson, mid J. 15. Graham, was appointed to make 
the visit. 

11. On motion of J. M. Frost, it was voted that Sat- 
urday's session lie held in chapel of Judson Institute, at 
Marion, licgiiiniiig at 10 ,\. m., the Convention accept- 
ing the invitation for a complimentary excursion to 
view the Judson's new building. 

12. On motion of T. G. Bush, the courtesies of the 
Boor were extended to the pastors of other denomina- 
tions of the eity of Selma. 

13. An address of welcome on hehali of the Selma 
church was made by 11. S. D. Mallory, to which E. B. 
Tcuffue replied for the Con volition. 



14. C. C. Bitting, Bible Secretary, addressed the Con- 
vention regarding the methods and intentions of the 
American Baptist Publication Society. 

15. The report of the State Mission Board was rend 
by W. 11. Crumpton, Corresponding Secretary, as fol- 
lows : 

THE POritTKKNTII ANNUAL REPORT OF THE STATE MIS- 
SION HOARD TO THE BAPTIST STATE CONVENTION. 

The year 1888-8!) lias been one of hardship ami privation t<> the mis- 
sionaries nniler our appointment. 

The failure of'erops in many sections of the State, the high prices 
for provisions, and tin- shrinkage in values of real estate, have been 
very miieh against the cause of benevolence. In addition to this a 
strange providence jierinitted the destruction of the .ludsoii l-'cm.-ile 
Institute, and the call which was made for funds to rebuild it. coupled 
with the strenuous efforts put forth by the friends of Howard CohVse 
to raise the deficit in the salaries of the faculty, all joined to make it a 
hard year on Mission Hoards and missionaries. We have found thai 
efforts to raise money for special purposes most frequently haven de- 
moralizing effect on the general enterprises of the denomination. 
This is a point which needs to be specially guarded by all pastors ami 
agents. Special objects should not be allowed to interfere with the 
genera] work. * -* 

We are happy to say now, however, that the harvest of ISM) ha* 
been abundant The products of the farm have hronght good price* 
and provisions have been cheap. The people are more hopeful and 
liberal. We have been able to close the year practically without debt. 
Some missionaries have not been paid, but we have about money 
enough to pay them. 

NEW ItAILKOADS 

are constantly being built in our State, and the people are moving 
and settling in counties along their lines. The inhabitants of the*; 
places conic from all quarters, many from the rural districts of our 
own State; some of thorn from adjoining States, and some arc foreign- 
ers. While the politician, the capitalist ami tradesman consider how- 
to organize ami utilize them for profit to themselves alid their patticH, 
we should look after their spiritual interests — furnishing them with 
that gospel which will make them wise unto salvation. We will thiw 
be able to serve the country best, win the approval of our own con- 
sciences and thi' smiles and benedictions of our Master. These new 
centres require settled pastors who give themselves wholly to the work 
of the ministry, and men with education. 

People are to be commended for wishing pastors who can instruct 
them. The time has passed, in the progressive regions of our State, 
when ignorant men will be 'sought for as pastors. Hut many times we 
have serious trouble about the degree of culture and preaching ability 
required for certain localities. In the stead of being content with an 
earnert work and a fair preacher, many of our churches which a re able 
to pay only a small salary will remain without a preacher for month* 
in the vain hope of securing one of more distinguished abilities and 
such as they are no* able to procure. The Board cannot *nui a man to 



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a church ilie clllirt'll may In* ever so needy, the town niuv lie grow- 
ing, tlie cause suffering and the Hoard is expected to fiirnisl) no small 
part of the wilary, hut unfiling ran he done till the church makes a 
call, and frequently alter the long delay, the one chosen is not adapted 
to the Held ; in such cases the cansc miist continue to sufl'cr. In some 
of our flourishing towns, the Baptist cause has heen greatly retarded 
in the past year for the reason just mentioned. 

ASSOCIATION. M, MISSION'S. 

The associations which insist On doing mission work in' their own 
hounds, sometimes with and sometimes without the co-operation of 
the Hoard, mav he divided intothree classes: 

First, Associations which have real destitution. 

Second, Associations which have no destitution, hut will not allow 
any funds raised hy them to he applied elsewhere, and who employ 
one or more men hy the day until the funds are exhausted. 

Third, Associations which have no destitution, hut whose pastors 
and churches feel the necessity of hiring an evangelist who shall serve 
a few of the weak churches on Sundays, and in the summer aid in 
their protracted meetings, 

We recommend to this latter class the employment of a missionary 
and colporteur to travel among the churches, visit the people in their 
homes and make sales of religions hooks. 

The second class are only trifling with the mission question, and we 
are not surprised to find many of them really anti-missionary. Of 
course when people give their means and see it wasted they will 
cease to give, and become enemies to the mission cause. 

The first class need help and should have it. 1'iiit your Hoard finds 
itself confronted with a serious trouble in its attempts to aid them. 

If there are growing towns in the hounds of such associations, it is 
difficult to persuade the brethren that there is destitution in such con- 
t ts. A preacher may meet twenty persons in the day there when 
In- would meet one in the country ; the prospects may lie favorahle to 
the early establishment of a self-sustaining church hy extending aid 
promptly, while the country holds out no such promise; hut the 
hr. threii insist that the country is the more important. Or, if all are 
agreed that the towns should he aided, we are often met with the sug- 
gestion, that the towns can get along with monthly preaching hy a man 
coming from a distance to serve them, as is the case in the country. 
(Mi account of these troubles growing out of a lack of agreement with 
the brethren of the associations as to when' the work should he done, 
your Hoard finds itself sometimes forced to undertake (lie work alone. 
As illustrative we may mention one instance of a case where there 
are several large towns, ranging from one to two thousand inhahitants 
in the hounds of a large association, yet to this time there has heen 
no effort on the part of the association to supply them with preach- 
ing: only one or two ministers have attempted to do anything. Tt 
would he unwise, in such instances, to allow this state of afi'airs longer 
toexist. l'astors and churches at this day rarely attempt amission 
of their own, hy personal effort. Where points of interest ore found, 
the members ot our churches ought to be encouraged to start a mis- 
sion Sunday-school, with occasional preaching by neighboring pastors. 
Should the time arrive when it is deemed wise to organize a church, 
it will then be proper to ask aid from the Stute Mission Board. 

Nothing will so develop our membership as work in these mission 
schools. 



ANOTHKK YEAR. 

At our July meeting" wo Hgninl to attempt to raise for the coining 

year, 

For Stat.- Missions $1 .">,<><)0 

For Home Missions <>,imm) 

Fur Fulfill) Missions t>,(HM) 

Fur Bible and Col portage 2,000 

For Indigent Ministers l,noo 

Milking u total of $3u,000 

Thin amount was carefully apportioned amongtbe different associa- 
tions. So far as beard from, all of these bodies have accepted the 
amounts suggested and agreed totry to raise them. Before the meet* 
injrs uf the associations the Corresponding Secretary had fifteen thou- 
sand copies of t lie State Mission Annual printed as a supplement to 
the Alabama Baptist, the editors kindly charging about cost for the 
sheet. These were circulated one to each subscriber and a package 
was sent to each Moderator and Clerk of the associations. In addi- 
tion to this, minutes of the State and Southern baptist Convention 
were sent to the Chairmen of the several committees in the associa- 
tions. Our Secretary, co-operating with the Vice-President* <>f the 
Homo ami Foreign Mission Boards, selected men in each association 
to represent the three Boards, and they were furnished with litera- 
ture to aid them in making their reports. 

At no time in the history <>f the Board has the work hel'ore the :is- 
sociations been so thoroughly organised and as far as heard from 
most of the brethren served as requested. mm _ 

CANVASSING hooks. 

Iu connection with the envelope system, which is growing in favor, 
th • Secret any lias had prepared a church canvassing hook. It is be- 
lieved that if the pastors will introduce these into their churches, the 
contributions will he greatly enlarged, and the number of individual 
contributors greatly increased. It is a sad fact that the masses of our 
church members do not give anything. Tin' main reason is because 
tbev are not asked. This book, in the hands of an active canvasser, 
will give members an opportunity to promise some amount, there 
being a page for each member. 

SUMMARY OF WORK. 

Men employed .*>.'! 

Miles traveled 34,800. 

Sermons delivered .'t,.">H7" 

Addresses made 1,2:17^ 

Churches constituted 14 

Number of persons baptized 345 

Baptized by others in connection with their laliors 4110 

Received by letter 547 

Restored....' 54 

Sunday-schools organized 54 

Sunday-schools addressed 227 

Ladies Mission Societies organized 10 

Prayer Meetings organized 82 

Prayer Meetings held 869 



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Number of preaching stations without ehurche* 132 

Number (if churches visited 581 

Nn n i Iter of visits nun It- 7,901 

Number of subscribers to the Alabama Baptist ll*> 

Number of subscribers to Foreign Mission Journal 58 

Value of hooks sold $ 3,800 

Paps of tracts distributed 7, KM 

Meeting houses commenced Ifl 

Meeting houses finished ."> 

Money collected for meeting houses $ 11,072 

llllll.K AM) COLrollTAOi:. 

The Baptist Hook ami Bible Depository at Marion lias done a lair 
business and is arrowing in favor with tin- people. The sales for 
the year amount to $3,HOO.OO. A small prollt is added to our fund 
from every purchase of hooks, except where they are let out to col- 
porteurs, and tins with thecontrihutions voluntarily given us, has more 
than paid the expenses of the husiness; so that we are ahle to report 
the fund still intact, or nearly so that is, the money and hooks in 
hand and the amount due for hooks ate about equal to the funds en- 
trusted to us. We are frank to say, however, that we fear some of 
the old dehts will not he collected. ' Yet, with an organized effort to 
increase the coljHirtage funds by contributions, we are sure the next 
year, we will he ahle to enlarge our work and increase its efliciency. 

It has bcVn demonstrated that an active man, whose heart is in the 
work, can sell the hooks where the people have the money. It is u 
work with which our most enlightened pastors are in hearty sym- 
pathy, and which they will he prompt to commend to their people. 

(bir experience convinces us, 

Fir$t—\\ r v cannot conduct this husiness on the credit system. 

Seroml— The profits on books are not suMieieiit to furnish a living to 
the agent*. 

Therefore, we must have funds suflicient to enable us to pay a small 
-alary and make a few donations of books. It will be important for 
the proper conduct of this enterprise, for the denomination to supply 
. us with at least $L',(MK». 
/ At u meeting of the Board tost held, the following resolution was 
/pawed. " That the State Mission Board, recognizing the great need 
,' of Bible and col portage work in the .State, do refer it to the Conven- 
tion, to determine if a separate Board for the prosecution of this work 
\ ought not now to be established, and in connection with this refer- 
I enee we recommend that such Board be established at this session to 
\Ih« known as the Bible and Col port age Board." 
\ In this connection we gratefully mention 

THE AMKItK AS BAPTIST ITHMCATIOX SOCIETY. 

They have pencrously donated to us in the past vear over two hun- 
dred dollars ($'200) worth of Bibles and Testaments for gratuitous dis- 
tribution among the destitute, and have lately set apart for us, $500 
worth of books and Bibles, which we are at liberty to call for at any 
time. We are gratified that many of our Sunday-schools and some 
of our churches are olmerving " Bible Dav" appointed by the Society, 
and forwarding to Philadelphia their collections, to aid" in the distri- 
bution of the Word of God. 



« MISSION MEETINOS, 

We cannot too earnestly recommend to t !»«• KxccutivcCommittccsof 
associations the appointment of at least two missionary meetings each 
year. If these meetings could be held two or three il:i vh, not to in- 
clude a Sunday, and it were dew red, the Seeretiiry could assist in ar- 
ranging a suitable programme, and attend or procure, tlie attendance 
of emnpetent liretliren, and thus get before tlie representative men of 
the churches, in it-* varied phases, tlie whole mission question. 

THE IIO.MK MISSION HOARD, 

recognising our pressing necessities, very goneronslj appropriated 
$2, (MM I. (Ml for which we return grateful acknowledgment*, This aid 
was most timely ; it has enabled unto relieve the wants of some of our 
patient missionaries, who had heen indulging us, and it will also en- 
ahle us to enlarge our plan of operations. 

One feature of this co-operative work is of great importance and de- 
BervcH special mention, that among the coI-ohkii I'Koim.K. We have 
heen greatly concerned ami perplexed to know what we could hest do 
for them. 

It was not deemed wise to send out a missionary or evangelist ; and 
we were without the means to accomplish much for the education of 
their young ministers. It is believed that the hest thing lias heen 
done in the employment of a brother, jointly with the Home Mission 
Board, to hold institutes with their ministers, Sunday-school teachers 
and deacons. To discuss before and with their leaders the cardinal 
doctrines of the Bible, missions, Sunday-schools, church work, etc., 
is the surest and speediest way to indoctrinate the masses. Brother 
Blaster, employed by this joint agency, has done commendable work 
in this direction. Pastors may very greatly aid us in this important 
enterprise by conferences with the colored pastors and arranging for 
the meetings. Some of our white brethren, who have attended these 
meeting*, have been great! v edified, and have expressed desire that 
similar meetings might be field for the whites. 

DECEASED MEMBKK, 

Since our last meeting Brother A. J. Slaughter, a member of this 
Board, hasgone to his reward. Though he has never attended a meet- 
ing of our Board, we gratefully record the value of his services in all 
our church and Board enterprises. 

DELEOATEK TO SOUTHERN IJAPTIHT CONVENTION. 

Alabama was entitled, by our contributions to Home and Foreign 
Missions last year, to thirtv-two delegates. In addition to these, 
twenty-five associations had representatives by their own election. 
We believe the new plan of allowing one representative from each 
association, to be a good one, and we call attention to the provision in 
the constitution requiring that, these delegates shall !*• formally 
elected by the association, and the election certified to the Secretary 
of the Southern Baptist Convention, as important to be complied 
with. 



WOMAN S WORK. 



Contributions have from time to time been made by Woman's Aid 
and Mission Societies for the different objects of the Board. These 



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societies have no central organization in Alabama an exists in most 
of the other States. Their contributions have eome from individual 
societies and no separate aecount lias lieen kept of tliein. Without 
venturing the suggestion of a plan of organization, we desire to ac- 
knowledge the valuable assistance derived from such sources. V 
Accompanying thin report the financial statement will be found. 

W. B. Crumftok, 
Corresponding Secretary. 

Financial Report of the State Mission Board for the ye*r 
1888-80, Sixteen months. 

STATE MISSIONS. 

To balance at last report :..$ 933 32 

" amount received 11,970 70 

Total amount to date 12,904 02 

By amount paid missionaries 8,019 20 

"' Secretary s salary for twelve months 1,.">ih) 00 

" " '• ' " fonr " 500 00 

" Traveling expenses Cor. Secretary 41H 73 

" " " special ngents 12*1 22 

" Amount paid Clerk hire 393 30 

" Pro rata Convention printing 93 02 

" Amount paid expense nceount, including 
stationery, printing, exchange, express, 

olliee expenses, etc., etc 525 OS 

By balance on hand 1,327 47 $12,004 



■IIOMK MISSIONS. 

To amount at hi^t report 02 72 

" received 3,500 1! 3,502 33 

" Balance Cuban missions 15 os 

" Amount received, Cuban missions 210 89 220 57 

" '• " for Havana church , ]<»7 03 

" " " " Cuban church 52 00 

" " " " Havana cemetery 1 05 

" " " " Indian missions 1 io 

4,040 58 

By amount paid Home missions 2,070 00 

14 " " Cuban missions 220 57 

41 " " Havana church 107 03 

" " " Havana cemetery 1 05 

41 " " Cut tan school 52 00 

" " " Indian missions 1 io 

Balance on band 880 14 $4,040 58 



FOUKION MISSIONS. 



To balance at last report 129 03 

41 Amount received 4,833 84 

Total amount to date ■ 4,903 47 



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To amount received SSnccateenfi ipiiwdon 1 hi 4") 

" " " for Italian chapel »>!» 25 

" " " for Japan inissi.ui Hi ih) 

" " for China mission 60 03 

" " for Mexican mission . r >4 '_'(5 

" lant rep't for M.T.YateH Mem. Fund 2 so 

"" " received for M T.Yates Mem. Fund 1130 14 10 

$5,358 40 

By amount paid Foreign missions 4,M.\ 47 

" Zaccatccas mission 1.81 45 

" " " Italian chapel... Ii!l :'.'> 

" " Japan mission 16 oo 

" China mission .">!• ss 

" Mexican mission .">4 L'i> 

" " " Yates Mem. Fund 14 10 

Balance on hand 05 5,358 4(5 

MINISTERIAL EDUCATION, 

To balance last report 30 00 

" Amount received 530 28 500 04 

" " last report for Min. Ivl., special is (Hi 

" " received for Min. Kil., special 2fl «4 47 84 

" " last report for Min. l',«l.. colore.l :\~ o.*> 

" " received for Min. Kd., colored 03 40 10 

Total amount for Min. Kd 054 88 

• By amount paid 054 88 

ENDOWMENT or IIOWAHD COM.EOE. 

To balance last report II oo 

By amount paid 11 (HI 

INDIOENT MIMSTKIts. 

To balance last report 100 4:» 

" Amount received „ 352 07 518 .">0 

By amount paid 174 44 

Balance on hand 344 <mi 518 50 



CHURCH BUILDING IN ALABAMA. 

To Amount on band, report 10 30 

" " received 64 so 

" " overpaid 5 35 80 45 

By amount paid 89 45 

BIHI.E WORK AM. BAP. PUB. SOCIETY. 

To balance at last report 12 00 

f* Amount received 5:1 87 66 77 

By amount pabl 66 77 



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ORATUITOl'H TRACT KCNI). 



To balance last reiiorl H '*' 

" Amount received : j -f» '~ M)l 

By amount {mid " J i; ' 

Balance on hand 4 38 1- 01 



church mii.niNci hoard. 

To amount received ' "0 

By amount paid •> 10 

" Balance on hand "0 " 00 

II1III.K AND COLrOKTAOE. 

To balance at last report 44 4:5 

" Contributions, general himl 323 40 

" Balance permanent fund, last rejmrt 2,400 36 

" Contributionf) fur permanent fund 25 40 2,7(»3 59 

By amount books in Secretary's hands 1,008 06 

"* " " " hands colporteurs a others 900 74 

" " " donated 55 69 

'* 1a>hh on Dougherty fund 33 71 

" Clerk hire .' 203 07 

" Expense account, which includes express, 

ircight and dravage, printing, stationery 

and office expenses '.. 501 42 2,7(>3 59 

Balance on hand 359 34 



JCDSON institute building. Kl'ND. 

To amount received 726 09 

By " paid 7 18 4:? 

" " on hand 7 60 726 09 



RECAPITULATION. 

State missions .i $11,970 70 \ , 'i' i r 

Home missions 3,fHi2 is tVi.vW/ 

Foreign missions 5,220 03 «> '. > ^ /■^ 

Ministerial Education 569 17 



Foreign missions 5,226 03 * . > ^ 

Ministerial Education 569 17 h i 

Howard College 20 60 • - / 

Indigent Ministers 352 07 

Church Buildings in Alabama 04 80 

Bible Work, American Baptist Publication 

Society 53 87 

Gratuitous Tract Fund 3 25 

Bible and Colportage 348 80 

Church Building Board 7 (X) 

Judson Institute Building 726 09 

Total $23,310 56 

This is to certify that I have this day examined the foregoing ac- 
counts of W. B. Crumpton, Corresponding Secretary and Treasurer 






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■<>f the Statu Mission Hoard of the Alabama Hn|it int Shite Convention, 
hih] find the same correct and supported by proper vouchers. 

A. .1. Goonwix, Auditor 
Sfbna, Ala., Not'. 8, IftSO. 

On motion of W. (\ Cleveland, n eonimittee eonsist- 
ing of E. B. Teagne, Z. I>. Roby, I). \V. Kamsey, .1. L. 
Thompson, ami N. (\ [Tnderwood, was appointed to 
consider suggestion in foregoing report regarding ap- 
pointment of a new Board to be known as the Bible 
and Colportage Board. 

16. The report of Board of Ministerial Education was 
read by M. B. Wharton, President, as follows: 

The Board of Ministerial Education submits tliis its third annual 
report, with thankfulness to God, for the blessings he has bestowed 
on our labors. With innumerable other objects hefore our people, 
that great work, ministerial education, ho dear to the hearts of llap- 
tists, has not heen neglected. 

We have worked very hard, and, besides urging collections tllTOUgh 
the press, have inaile nearly a thousand private appeals which have 
required both time and labor. . We trust that our brethren are sutli- 
ciently acquainted with the importance and needs of the work to re- 
lieve us of this extra work. 

As the time of meeting of our Convention was changed from July 
to November, this report embraces a longer period than before, and 
includes one whole session, and part of another. 

The following general financial statement is accompanied by the 
report of the Treasurer, in which every item of receipts and disburse- 
ments is put down : 

Cash on hand at last report $1,014.39 

Amount received during conventional year, (period of sixteen 

months) .'. • 2,407.00 

Total , $3,512.29 

CREDITS. 

By amount paid for session 1HK8 and 1880 $2,439.33 

1,072.9(1 
Amount paid out on present Reunion 1880 and 1800 07*).:54 

9G.62 
Of this balance $70.23 arc designated for colored students, leaving 
only $20.39 on hand for our own work, with four studvnts at tin* 
Theological Seminary, and several other applicants unprovided for. 

We need for obligations already incumbent this year $2,000, and 
for other applicants that will come in $1,000 more, making $3,000 ad- 
ditional asked for during next Conventional year. While we are 
carrying a larger number of students this session than formerly, our 
expenses, per student, are 'greatly increased at Howard College. 
While wc paid two years ago $10.\ per student, we now pay $130. 
This step was taken on recommendation of the Hoard of Trustees, and 
tjrew out of the financial pressure there, ami the fact that the col- 
lege was losing money at the former rates for beneficiaries. 



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We have aided rtudente the pant session m follows: Kighteen at 
Howard, four at the Seminary, and three at High Fehool; total, 

twenty-five. 

We are aiding stndenta the present Newion an follows: Twenty-two 
at Howard, four at Seminarv, two at High School ; total, twenty- 
eight 

On the earnest recommendation of the Board of Trustees of Howard 
College we paid the past session S'-'IK) to the "deficiency fund." 

We have been greatly pressed for funds to meet the demands upon 
us, and for this reason have heen unusually urgent in our appeals, hut 
our hrethren, esperiallv during the past few weeks, have responded 
liherally. 

We trust that this sympathy for, and co-operation with the Board, 
will continue, and then there will he no doubt ahout our goingsafcly 
through. Our work is heset with many trials and dillieulties. We 
make the utmost endeavors to aid only such yonng men as are earn- 
estly recommended hy the most competent authorities, hut it is not 
impossihle that we may he imposed on, 

As a rule our heneliciaries will compare favorably with the students 
of any college in the country.- 

We trust that no association, church, or individual memher will 
fail to aid us in this important work, on which the success of our de- 
nomination so largely depends. 

We wish it understood that we make no difference in our effort* to 
help, whether the students are in the High School, the College, or the 
Seminary, excepting the consideration that the greatest numher licing 
connected with Howard College, and most of the contrihutions being 
designed therefor, we are compelled to give special attention to that 
institution, 

With the continual support of the churches, and pastors we hope to 
do the work committed to our hands to the satisfaction of all. 

Respcctfullv submitted, 
„ M. R. Wharton, 

President Hoard of Ministerial Rducatioil, 

The Hoard nj Ministerial Education of the Alabama Bap- 
tist State Convention^ in account with Geo. W.Ellis, Sec- 
retary and Treasurer^ from July 0, 1888, to November 
ti, 1889. 

By balance as per last report : 

Ocneral fund $ 927 21 

Students at seminary 10 00 

Kd neat ion colored ministers 77 18 $1,014 fK) 

Bv amounts received : 

From W. B. Crump- ) JJ««"j J^'V; "2"* ** S 

ton, Cor. Sce'y : * ,deI ! H fl,, V, , l Bl *>'""? I '' 52 
> Kducationcol (I ministers n M) 

Pine Barren Association ", *>."> 40 

Weaver's Station church, Coosa River .\w'n 10 tM) 

Coosa River Association 'M 00 

Oxford church, Coosa River Association 12 4."> 

J. S. Kelly, Coosa River Association It) 00 

Harris Association !17 ftS 



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Second church, Birmingham 10 (Ml 

Shelby Association 23 40 

Fellowship church, perW. J. Ruddick 22 4<> 

Rock Mills Association 2 :i(l 

Central Association 04 60 

Mt. Lebanon church, per (J. K. Brewer 10 155 

\V. R. Ivey, on college hoard 15 imi 

Union Association (>."> .">(> 

Montgomery Association s 40 

1?. M. Bean, Montgomery Association 00 

Pcatsville church, Montgomery Association •*» (Ml 

Mt. Zion church, Montgomery Association.. 5 (Ml 

Pine Level church, Montgomery Association 1(1 .">(> 

Verhena church, per II. \V. ('alley .:'. 80 

Verhena Sunday-school, |ier II. \V. ('alley... :'. 70 

Chalybeate Springs church, per J. L. Jonek. 1 lo 

Providence church, Sclmn Association :',7 00 

( Irrville church, Selnia Association 21 00 

Adams street church, Montgomery 20 50 

First church, Troy .*) 00 

Fnlaula Association .">" 7(1 

Padevillc Sun. lav-school ."1 <M> 

Padevillc church 1") IM1 

Providence church, per \V. ( '. Bledsoe <> !J0 

Snow Hill church, per .1. F. fhnitihliss 17 50 

Pratt ville church, Montgomery Association. lit 00 

First church, Wetumpka Ill I/O 

Mt. Pleasant church, per J no. W. Jones 12 •"><• 

Post Oak Spr'gH church, per P. A.Fasterwood ."> (Ml 

Tallasahatchee church, per Mrs. I". A. Fnriss 5 (HI 

<'. W. Morrison, Pratt Mines 2 «>(> 

Mt. Carniel church, Fnity Association S 50 

Jcmison church, per A. F. Mums 25 (Ml 

W.J. Flliott for a Christian lady Ml (Ml 

Chestnut Creek church, per A. F. Mums..... "> <mi 

Pleasant ( irove church, per J. M. Applcton.. 2 -•*> 

Philadelphia church, per M. J. Skinner 2."> 55 

Plantcrsvdle church, per I>. M. Martin 15 (Ml 

Montevallo church, perT. J. Willianis 17 00 

ladies' Aid Society, Montevallo church IS (Ml 

Damascus church, per M. II. Orumpton 4 ">o 

Brooklyn church, per B. II. Crumpton 7 50 

Clanton church, perW. L. Sampey s (Ml 

Brew ton church, perllarrv Henderson 5."> 

Mrewton Sunday-school, llarry Henderson.. 5 •">(» 

Coosa Valley church, per Lealis Ijiw 5 (Ml 

Mt, Zion church, per C. P. Filand 1 25 

Hillsboro church, per Jos. Shackleford 5 (Ml 

Mulberry church, per A. F. Bums 4 <mi 

A. F. Burns, Jeinison 1 (Ml 

B. F. Brown, on note 35 (Ml 

B. F. Brown, on Furniture, etc. 1 14 50 

Autauga church, per W. J. Ruddick 1 (K) 

Corynth church, per T. M. Melton 2 50 

Misses Anderson, Uniontown ;.. 5 00 

Livingston church, per W. (J. Curry 10 0(1 

Livingston Sunday -school, per W. (». Curry Ml (Ml 



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<att Smith, Childcrsburn •••.• 25 

1'lea.sant Croyc church, per Catt Smith 1 40 

Bethlehem church, per T. II. stout 2 05 

I'nion church, perl. II. Stout 2 45 

Centre Ridge church, jmjj T. II. Stout 5 25 

Ashvillc church, per. I. A. tilcnn 5 00 

Wilsonville church, per J M McConl 3 70 

F.benczer church, per J. M. McCortl 5 40 

J. M. McConl, Stanton 5 00 

Bellvillc church, per Skinner & Stamps 15 45 

Vallcv Creek church, per J. 15. (iav 2 !>0 

Bcthesda church, per I). S. Martin' I 00 

Sliiloli church, per l>. S. Martin 1 35 

County Line church, per I). S. Martin 2 10 

Harmony church, per I). S. Martin 70 

Kvergrccn church, per M. N. Kthridge 05 

Hill'M church, per J. ('. Kelly 2 00 

A.J. Lambert, Monroe county 00 

Suinterville church, per J. D. Cook 14 50 

■" Sundav-school, per J. D. Cook... 5 00 

York church, per J. D.Cook 10 00 

•Cuba church, per. I. D.Cook 15 70 

<iaincH\illc church, per J. I). Cook 3 00 

Frcdonia church, per .1. I'. Hunter I 00 

Ft. WillinniH church, per M. S. Bennett 3 50 

Wooillawn church, per F. M. Wood 13 50 

A. Andrews, Burnsvillc 10 00 

Horeh church, per ,1. N. Crcurhton 2 20 

Friendship church, per F. A.Curtis 1 (H) 

Salem church, per W. . I. I). Cpshaw 1 00 

Central Institute ch. iter W. .1. D. Upshaw.. 2 00 

Eclectic church, per \v. J, I). Upshaw 4 00 

Myrtlewood church, per Mrs. S. L, Pu-lnitz.. 2 25 

First church, Fnfanla 75 00 

Talladega church 25 00 

St. Francis St. church, Mohile 171 00 

Mt. Olive church, per W. Wilkes 8 25 

Town Creek ch., per Mrs. T. K. Whitman.., 2 40 

L. B. So. Town Creek ch. " " ,. 10 10 

Bin Creek church, per M.C.Lofton 1 20 

Zion church, perO, M. Lofton 1 ho 

Hood Hope church, per 8. M. Johnson 2 30. 

Jno, P, .Shatter, Roanoke io (M» 

Georgtana church, per J. E. Bell 3 00 

Blocton church ;{ 33 

•Oxinmi church 2 75 

Mt. Hebron Church, per J. M. Johnson 5 00 

J. II. Marhury, Bozeinun 25 00 

Clconush church, per J. Foscue 5 30 

Rocky Mt. church, per W. B. Owinga 3 00 

J. A. Sartain, on note 50 00 

East Liberty Association 06 73 

Pemopolis church, per Cr. W. Bolton ,-... 1 00 

■' per W. B. Crumpton 4 00 

Roanoke church, per J. P. Shaffer 10 00 

Oswichee church, per R. A. Stratford 5 46 

Seale church, per W. A. Bellamy """ 3 60 



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Levi \V. Hnwler, Mobile $ 10 00 

.Mrs. Willie I.). Mums, Selma... 2 50 

Bculah church, Central Association 2 50 

Sand Tuck church, Central Association 5 IK) 

\V. .J. .Johnson, Central Association 2 50 

Alabama Association 62 00 

Canaan Association 2H 00 

Hamilton Hill eh., Bethlehem Association... 5 00 

Siloam church, per YV. B, Crumpton 47 81 

S. S. Siloam church, per W. B. Crumpton... 5 00 

" " " Students' Friend -20 34 

Twelfth Street church, Anniston L'"> 00 

1 lunts\ ille church, per \V. B. Crumpton 25 00 

South Side church, Birmingham 20 10 

First Church, Birmingham 1!) 37 3,512 2?) 

To amounts disbursed ns follows: 

Howard College, board of ministerial stu- 
dents, session 1888-89 1307 75 

Howard College, deficit for the session 1888- 

8i> 200 00 

Seminary Students' fund for the session 1888- 

811 ! 200 00 

.7. L Jones, Howard College 100(H) 

W. YV. Harris, " " 05 00 

\V. A. Ilobson, " " 25 00 

A. S. Smith, " " «i7 73 

J. \V. .Mitchell, Six Mile High School IK) 00 

J. .1. 1'ipkin and J. F. Sims, Ft. Beposit 

High School 62 00 

Paid assistance writing appeals 00 00 

Kail rood fare members attending Board 

meeting, 5 15 

Railroad fare members and other representa- 
tives attending associations 26 55 

Stationery, stamps and printing '. 35 80 

Exchange, money orders and registration 

fees 3 55 

8orvieen of Secretary and Treasurer from 

July 1, 1888, to November I, IMS'.) 150 00 

W. B. Crumpton, Corresponding Secretary, 
expenses incurred on account colored stu- 
dents' fund 10 50 

Howard College, board of ministerial stu- 
dents, session 1889-90 0.50 00 

Students' fund at the Seminary, session 1HHU 

-5)0, from S. S. Siloam church 2G 34 3,415 07 

Leaving balance on hand of general fund,.... 10 89 

Students' fund at seminary 3 50 

Education colored ministers 70 23 90 02 

I hereby certify that the foregoing account is correct. 
"Respectfully submitted, 

Geo. W. Ei.ms, 
Sec. A Treasurer, Board of Ministerial Education. 
Montgomery, Ala., Nov. 0, 1889. 



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17. Committees were announced as follows : 
Nomination of Iioavdt owl Rmnwing Officer* T. II. Stout, J. T. 

Fitzgerald, J. It. (inilinm, A. B. Johnson, A. R Bush. 

Dcrotionai Everci*>* -Pastor and deacons of Sehnn church. 

Finance.- CJ. A. Joiner, W. V. Welch, C. Johnson, J. II Reeves, J. 
It. Huckabce. 

And there were adder] to Standing Committees to fill vacancies : 

fbhhath-Schonk- J. P. Harris, W (i. Ilix. 

Temperance C S. Rny, A. T. Sims. 

Etlu&ttwn—XY. K Lloyd, J. M. McCord, J. CJ. Harris, I. A. white. 

18. On motion of Win, A. Davis, the Statistical Ta- 
ble and List of Ministers were omitted from printed 
minutes, inquirers being referred to Baptist Year Book 
for such information. 

19. T. P. Bell, Assistant Secretary of Foreign Mis- 
sion Board, addressed the Convention on the work of 
that board. 



r FRIDAY AFTERNOON. 

20. Devotional exercises were conducted by B. A. 
Jackson. 

21. On motion of T. II. Stout, a committee consisting 
of T. II. Stont, T. G. Bush, and J. T. Fitzgerald, was 
appointed on time and place for next session. 

*2'2. The report of the Board of Trustees of Howard 
College was read by.W. C. Ward, President of the 
Board, as follows : 

The Board of Trustees of Howard College submit the following 
statement of the work and condition of the college since the meeting 
of this Convention, at Talladega, in July, 1HSS: 

While the Convention was in session, and for some time afterward, 
the hope was entertained that Dr. J. L. Johnson, then recently elected 
to the presidency of the college, would accept the position". After 
delaying for some weeks, he declined to accept the place to which he 
was elected. Desiring to meet the views as expressed of many of 
the wisest friends of the college, and of Baptist leaders through- 
out the .State, the Hoard of Trustees diligently sought for a 
man to (ill the vacant presidency. Influenced by the earnest 
recommendations of brethren in the various parts of the' State, late 
in the summer of 1888, Dr. It. V. Riley was chosen President of How- 
ard College. It was then too late in the season for much to be done 
by a canvass of the State for students. The presence of yellow 
fever in Decatur, and the fearful panic that everywhere prevailed, 
prevented a large number of students from matriculating during the 
scholastic year 1888-U. There were, however, enrolled during the 
year 143 students. At the close of the year, in June last, and 



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from observation during the year, nml from information derived from 
time to time, the conclusion was reached, that notwithstanding the 
nnfavorahk 1 circumstances attending the opening of the college, in the 
work done, the year 1SSS-M was one of the most successful in the his- 
tory of the college. The discipline maintained was excellent, in fact 
it was so rigid as to impress upon the college and its surroundings the 
characteristics of a military camp. ( If <'ourse there was complaint, 
hut it happened in this, as it always does, where discipline is wisely 
administered, that the students admitted the wisdom of the course 
adopted, and President Uilev, at the close of the scholastic year, wan 
the most popular president the college ever had. lie had demou- 
nt rated that the Board of Trustees had accidentally chosen wisely. 
As was anticipated at the close of the scholastic year, there was a 
large deficit in the treasury, and the salaries of the professors un- 
paid. This '"licit of Sl.SiiH.il had lieen promised to lie met bv the 
Convention hy and through an appeal to the churches. .Many 
churches, and some individuals, contributed liberally. The contri- 
butions of two ladies to this fund were munificent. There yet re- 
mains to he raised of this deficit, the sum of $i>i:!..">l, which it is hoped 
the Convention will now provide for. 

The Hoard of Trustees, with gratitude, report that the scholastic 
year 18SIMM), has opened most auspiciously. One hundred and forty- 
three (14."t) students have to date matriculated, and it is hoped that 
this number will he greatly increased. Of those present twenty-nine 
are beneficiaries. During the summer the President, and Professors 
(dies and Waldrop have been very active in presenting the claims of 
the college to the Baptists of the State and the friends of the college. 
The condition of the college now indicates that the receipts thereof 
will pay all expenses, and that there will he no deficit for this vear. 

This prosperous state of the college is due alone to the untiring la- 
bors of the faculty, and to Dr. Purser's efforts in its behalf, and dem- 
onstrates that by sufficient effort, wisely directed, the college can suc- 
ceed even in the fneo of obstacles that to weaker men would he ap- 
palling. This success demonstrates that it is practicable for the 
baptists of Alabama to have and maintain a college of high order, 
even without an endowment, or magnificent buildings, or imposing 
surroundings, and in the presence of two well-endowed State institu- 
tions offering free tuition, and possessed of all the modern appliances 
and facilities of education. It is because Howard ( 'ollege gives to the 
young men of the State within its. walls education in fact, and not 
merely the means of education. lias not everyone something to 
give to help on this meritorious work ? 

About the middle of Januarv last. Dr. J. P. Shaffer closed his en- 
gagement with the Board of Trustees as your Financial Secretary. 
1 1 is salary and the expenses of his office amounted to about the sum 
of $3.'2!56.8;$, II seems that the untoward circumstances and the grave 
apprehensions everywhere felt that the college eottld not succeed, 
rendered his etforts comparatively barren of financial results. It is 
hoped his earnest labors in behalf of the college are now hearing fruit 
ami will yet ripen into a rich harvest. After much persuasion on the 
part of the Board of Trustees, and anxious thought on his part, Dr. 
D. 1. Purser was induced to undertake the work of raising a sum suf- 
ficient to complete the academic or main college building. When 
this work was undertaken by him, the situation seen as man sees 
was well nigh desperate. But Dr. Purser has been everywhere and 
hassecn almost everybody it wns possible to obtain a contribution 
from. He haw beard, felt and borne up under unfavorable and ad- 



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verse criticism, and yet labored on. As tin- result of his untiring 
efforts, lie has received in cash contributions 87IRMX), mid ill link's 
payable in four installments the hhih of $HI t !i&!>.75. lit 1 aimed, when 
lie begun, to olitain $IO,(»li<l.<)l>. In this, as in everythillgelsc, it is most 
< I i II icii 1 1 to t't't the remaiixh r. All subscriptions are made with the 
iiromise that they will he rcturm d unless a sum sullieient to erect the 
building is raised. The liherality of brethren scattered all over the 
State induces the hope that Alabama baptists will not allow this un- 
dertaking to fail w la n less than oHe-fotirth the amount required re- 
mains to he raised. To fail now would be irretrievable failure. We 
cannot wait for some one of vast wealth to take thin burden off our 
shoulders. We must all cast our littles intothe treasury of the bord. 
The Convention ought now to devise some means to n'uike available 
this, to ns, lar^e sum. 

W. C. Ward, 
Pres. board of Trustees of Howard College. 

23. Tlic report of the Hoard of r Frtistees of Judson 
Institute was rend l»v the Keereturv of the Convention, 
a* follows : 

The trustees of the Judflon Female Institute respect- 
fully submit the following report : 

The session of 1888-80 began under very favorable auspices on the 
first of October, 1888, ami progressed ijuite satisfactorily until Satur- 
day the 24tli day of November following. About 2 o'clock in the 
afternoon of that day, lire was discovered on the roof of the central 
building and burned so rapidly it was impossible to extinguish it. 
How the lire originated is not known ; the most reasonable supposi- 
tion is that it was caused by burning sparks falling from the chimney 
on the dry shingle roof. After making every possible effort to extin- 
guish the lire, and s< eittg it was in vain to contend longer w ith it, the 
President and teachers devoted themselves to the removal of the 
pupils and their effects from the burning building, which was done. 
It is cause for devout gratitude and thanksgiving to our lleuvenly 
Father, that not an inmate of the building was in any wise injured or 
hurt. As soon as the buildings were destroyed, the citizens of Ma- 
rion generally -whether Baptists or not— prompted by that hospitality 
ami liherality which has ever characterized them, voluntarily threw 
wide open the doors of their residences, and invited teachers and 
pupils to enter them and there remain until other arrangements 
coll Id be made for them. In this way (very teacher and pupil was 
provided for in a pleasant home before nightfall of that memorable 
ilnv. 

We desire here to express in this public way, and to place on the 
records of this Convention, our sincere and heartfelt thanks to all the 
citizens of Marion, who labored so earnestly in trying to extinguish 
the tire, in removing the property from the burning buildings, and in 
taking to their houses and caring for the teachers and pupils after the 
tire. 

It was regarded by the Board of great importance that the organiza- 
tion of the school should be kept up and continued to the close of the 
Session. Fortunately we were able to secure the King House, a large 
brick building, built for and used asa hotel. As soon as the necessary 
changes and arrangements could be made, which was (lone within 
el»ven days after the tire, the school opened and Mas carried on until 



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tin* close of the session. Brother \V. T. Smith, of Birmingham, jjcti- 
erously paid th<- entire rent for said building. 

A full meeting of the Board of Trustees was hehl as soon as practi- 
cable after the lire, ami it wis unanimously resolved to erect another 
building on the Maine site as cnrly«ns possible. Committees were Mp* 
pointed to make the necessary arrangements and contracts therefor, 
ami on the 20th day of February, ISN'.i, the work of rebuilding began. 
The building is now complete and in use. It is a magnilicent ami im- 
posing structure, splendidly arranged and equipped. No female 
school in the South is more so. 

The entire cost of the iww buildings, including furniture and equip- 
ment generally, is about sixty-five, thousand dollars. To make the 
final payment on the building we have negotiated a loan of twenty- 
five thousand dollars, and to secure the payment thereof, we have 
executed a <\i'v<\ of trust on all the property, both real and per- 
sonal, of the .ludson. In addition to said sum we owe lor m w furni- 
ture and other equipments purchased, about ninety-five hundred dol- 
lars, which is unsecured 

We now make an earnest appeal to the Convention— the first of the 
kind ever made to it in behalf of the .ludson to raise twenty-live 
thousand dollars to pay off and satisfy said deed of trust. 

Brethren .lames 'I'. Kil/g 'raid and W. T. Smith have had the ex- 
clusive management and control of everything pertaining to raising 
funds for the erection of the now buildings ami their equipment. They 
have been the Committee on Ways and Means, and lire entitle*! to 
the thanks of the denomination for theirearuest, faithful, and efficient 
labors in the discharge of their duty. 

The Building Committee consisls of Brethren W. T. Smith, Chair* 
man, .lames T. Fitzgerald, and W. W. Wilkerson. They have per- 
formed their duties well and faithfully, and are due the thanks of the 
rie nomination therefor, 

Mr. (ii'd, ('. Kelly, of Birmingham, Ala., lias generously donated to 
the .ludson a splendid three Manual pipe organ as a memorial of his 
deceased wife. Miss Isnlinc Bates, a graduate of the .ludson. 

Bro. It. B. Kyle, a member of the Board of Trustees, resigned in 
December, 18KH. It was important to have the vacancy tilled as 
early as possible, so the Board requested Bro. W. T. Smith to take 
his place and act with us, which he did. We now ask the Conven- 
tion, to ratify our action and elect him a member of the Board of 
Trustees. 

The session of lKS'MM) began in the new buildings on the "tli day 
of October last, with a full supply of able teachers, and all the de- 
partments fully organized. To this date one hundred and twenty-six 
pupils have been registered. Eighty-four of them board in the In- 
stitute. 

We are now beginning a new era in the history of our beloved 
institution. If we can secure for it the prayers, the sympathy, and 
the support of our brethren throughout the State, its future will be 
more glorious than its past has been. To aid us in securing this re- 
sult, we cordially and earnestly invite all our brethren to visit the 
Judson. examine the buildings, their arrangements, ami equipment, 
and see for themselves the facilities and advantages it oners for the 
education of their daughters. John Moork, 

President Board of Trustees. 

J. B. Lovelace, Secretary. 



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24. Tlio report of the Board of Directors was read by 
tlit* Secretary of the Convention,, as follows: 

RKPOIiT OF DIKKCTOKH. 

A meeting <it the Board of Directors of the Convention wan called 
l»V tin' President, at the instance of the Bonn! of Truster* of Howard 
College, anil lielil iiiKclnin.nn Mom lav, .Inly 2Mb, 18K!», al 10 o'eloek 
a. m , according to notiec inniled t<> all the members of the Hoard, to 
consider the advisability of selling r»r mortgaging lands donated to 
the Convention foreollcge purposes, to raise moiu'y to aid in erecting 
a main building for the College. 

Tliere were present ; The President, Jim. Haralson ; Law Lamar, 
II. s. I). Mallory, .1. M Krost, and S. W. Averett. 

Alter mature consideration of the matter, the following resolution 
watt adopted hy the Hoard: 

liixolntl, Tluil as a board of DiroHors, we would favor and pass the 
resolution submitted to us for our action (touching the sale or mort- 
gage of lands donated to the Convention for college purposes, to aid 
in erecting a main building for the Colli •gei, if it were necessary to 
nave our option or the condition of the subscription of said lands; 
but, inasmuch as this is a grave matter, in which the interest of the 
denomination is much involved, and the meeting of the Convention 
is only about three months oil, and it does not appear to us that said 
subscription will be forfeited by a delay until that lime, the Directors 
regard it as well and belter for 1 inward College and the denomination 
that action in t lie premises he deferred till the meeting of the Con- 
vention. 

No further business coming before the Directors, the meeting ad- 
journed, Jon. Hauaison, President, 

On motion of W. C. Ward, the report was referred to 
the Committee on Education. 

25. In accordance with notice given at last session 
(item 31, minutes of 1N8H), Article VIII of the Constitu 
tion was amended so as to strike out the word "same" 
where it occurs as seventh word from end of said article 
and substitute the word "convention" therefor. 

2*5. Invitations for next session were extended hy 
representatives of Eufaula, Troy, Marion, East Lake, 
and Mobile churches, which were referred to the Com- 
mittee on Time and Place. 

27. Basil Manly addressed the Convention regarding 
the interests ot the Southern Baptist Theological Semi- 
nary. 

28. \V. C. Cleveland and M. B. Wharton spoke on 
needs of Board of Ministerial Education, and about 
twenty-three hundred dollars was subscribed for the 
Board. 



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St. Francis Street Church, Mobile $ 2r>0 00 

First Church, Montgomery 100 00 

Adams Street Church, Montgomery !W (M) 

First Church, Selma...'. .". 1»«» <»0 

Faw Lamar, Schnii '60 00 

First Church, Eufaula 100 00 

First Church, Birmingham 100 00 

iSouth Side Churcli, Birmingham 25 00 

Greenville Church 25 (Ml 

Parker Memorial Church, Annistun 1(K) (Hi 

Verbena Church 25 00 

Wooilliavn Church 25^00 

L. C. Coulson, Scottsboro fi 00 

K. F. Baber, Nohwulga > r > 00 

lluntsville Cliurch 25 00 

W. C. Bledsoe, I.'iFnvette 10 00 

Alfred Fd wards, paid ft 00 

Z. D. Itoby Ki (Ml 

Evergreen Church, by J. W.Stewart 25 oo 

J. W. Stewart, Evergreen . Ki 00 

A.J. Hearn, for churches 60 00 

Tuskcgee Church, by G. A. Hornady -- r > (Hi 

Livingston Church, ov W.O.Curry.! 25 oo 

Mrs. T. M.Tartt, Livingston . r »o 00 

Furtnan Church, bv J. F. Chamhliss 1*> oo 

Pleasant Hill Church, by J. F. Chamblu* .'to oo 

Garimlen Church, bv J. A. Wynne 10 00 

M. II. Fane, paid...!, .' 10 00 

Carlowville Church 20 oo 

W. J. Elliott, paid ."> oo 

I. A. White, McKinlev . r , 00 

I. A. White, for churches 10 <mi 

J. T. Cain, paid ' 50 00 

Union Springs Church 50 (M) 

Cat Smith, for churches . r >0 00 

W. C. Cleveland, Montevallo -. r >0 00 

P.. A. J. Cumbie, for churches... -'."> (Hi 

First Church, Trov, by J. F. Purser... 50 (Ml 

T. W. Hart, for churches 25 (Ml 

<}. S. Anderson, for churches 25 00 

W. M. Burr, Columbia '-'•'> oo 

Cash 30 22 

W. R. Harvey, of Western Recorder 10 00 

$t,G7922 

SUBSCRIPTIONS FORMERLY MADE AT ASSOCIATION MEETINGS. 

Unity Association , $'-'(M) (Ml 

Union Association KM) 00 

Cahaba Association 175 00 

Cahaba Valley Association 75 00 

Eufaula Association 100 00—$ (ttO 00 

Aggregate $2,32922 



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FRIDAY NIGHT. 

29. The Introductory Sermon was preached by D. M. 
Ramsey, his text being Luke 14: 18. 

30. J. B. Hawthorne addressed the Convention re- 
garding the proposed Baptist College at Florence. 



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SATURDAY MORNING. 

31. In accordance with resolution of Friday, the del- 
egates boarded the train and reached Marion at 10:30, 
where the Convention was called to order in the Chapel 
of the Judson Institute. 

32. 8. W. Averett, President of the Judson Institute, 
welcomed the Convention to the Institution and to 
Marion, and the young lady pupils were introduced. 
MissSmealie, of the faculty, sang "I'm nearer my home 
to-day," and W. C. Cleveland led in prayer. 

33. The Convention proceeded to the consideration of 
the interests of the Judson Institute. Remarks were 
made by T. G. Rush, D. I. Purser, and .J. M. Frost, and 
subscriptions were made to the amount of ten thousand 
dollars towards cost of new building and equipment; 
and after dinner provided by the ladies of Marion, the 
Convention returned to Sehna. 

Subscription list is as follows: 

J. 0. Bush, $2,147.25 : J. T. Fitzgerald, $1,097.25; W. T. Smith, ?!,- 
000; C. W. Collins, $">00; T. G. llush, $500 ; A P Hush, $500 ; Parker 
Memorial church, Anniston, $500; A. F. Redd, $250; M.A.Keith, 
#200; M. II Lane, $200; s. R. ('. Adams, $200; S. W. Averett, f 100; 
B. F. Kllis, $100-; Mrs. B. F. Riley, $100; W. tl. Smith, $100; J. L. 
Thompson, $100; R. A. J. Cumhlo, *100; G. A. Joiner, $100 ; Catt 
Smith, MOO; II. D. D. Straton, $100; Mrs. B. II. Crumpton, $100; P. T. 
Hale, $100; .1 S Kellv, H00; W. K Lloyd. $100; J. F Purser, MOO; R. 
W. Bock, -100; J. G 'Harris, $100; J. ('." Hiden, $100; (i. K. Anderson, 
$100; \V. C. Ward, $50.00; ('. W Hare, 150.00; W. A. Parker, $50.00; 
W P. Welch, $50.00; Jon. Haralson, $50.00; S. W. Harris, $50.00; K. S. 
Starr, $5000; VV. B Carter, $50.00; J. T. Cane, $50.00 ; T. II. Stout, 
•5000; G. W. Kllis. $50.00; R. M. Hunter, $50.00; W. R. Ivev, $25.00; 
J. L. Walthall, '25.00; D. C. Culbrcth, $25.00 ; W.J. D. Upshaw, 
$25 00; A Edwards, $'.'5.00; J. W. Stillwcll, $25.00; L. A. Bell, $20.00; 
A. Hall. $20.00; Mrs. P. C. Coulson, $10.00; C W. O'llara, $10.00; I. 
A. White, $5.00; K. P. Loveless, #5.00; Miles Hardy, $5.00; J. II. Fend- 
ley, $100. Total pledges, $9,724.50. 

Cash payments: A. J Dins » 50.00; J. II. Williamson, #50 00; J. M. 
LaiiKston, $10.00; G. A. lloruady, $10.00; D. W. Ramsey, $10.00; J. Q. 



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Lipscomb, f 1000; W. J. Elliott, $10.00; \V. J. Ruddick, $0.00; A.E. 
Burns, $5.00; J M. McCord. $5.00; N.G Underwood, $500; F.C. Plaster, 
»5.00; J. A. Glenn, *5.00; \V. N. Hurkabee, *500; .1. <;. Apsey, *5.00; 
J. H. Oreijditon, * 500 ; W. T. Dillard, $5.00 ; Mary Kd wards. #5 00 ; 
Miss lola Adams, S5.00; C A. Tineh, S5.00; C W. Simmons, $5.00; \V. 
C. Mavcs, 4.00; Collirene Sunday-sehool, $8.50; S. M Dinkins, $1 00 ; 
hat collection, S46.00. Total ca.su payment*, $275.50. 

Grand total, $10,000. 

(Note. — Some of these subscriptions credited to delegates individ* 
uully it iaexpected will be assumed l>y the churches they represent.— 
Secretary) 



SATURDAY A KTKKNOOX. 

34. Tlie Committee on Time and Place reported tlint 
next session be held wt Mobile, beginning «>n Friday, 
before second Sunday in November, 1890, at 1* A. m. 
(November 7, 1890), with St. Francis street ebureh, and 
the report was unanimously adopted. 

85. The Convention proceeded to the discussion of 
State Missions, and addresses were made by I. A. White 
on Colportage, by Z. D. Iloby on Indigent Ministers' 
Fund, and by F. C. Plaster on Work among Colored 
People. 



SATURDAY NIGHT. 

36. The interests of Howard College were considered 
by the Convention, and addresses were made by VV. C. 
Ward and D. I. Purser, after which fourteen thousand 
four hundred and fifteen dollars were subscribed to- 
wards cost of main building, as follows: 

0. W. Collins $1,100 001 13. F. KUis $ 100 00 

T. <;. Rush 1,000 00 S. O. Y. Ray 100 00 

J. T. Fitzgerald l.ooo oo I>. S. Martin 1<«» <*> 

500 00 8. W. Harris 100 00 




Law Lamar 

A. P. r.nsli 500 00 

Mrs. T. M. Tartt 250 00 

II. S. I). Mallory 200 00 

M, A. Keitli 200 00 

J. S. McCants 200 (hi 

A. J. Ileam 150 00 

J. B. Lovelace loo oo 

E. B. Tenjwe 100 00 

W. B. Crumpton loo oo 

Jon. Haralson 100 00 



H. A. Clav 100 oo 

j. D. <;.»<l\vin loo oo 

W. 1'. Welch 100 00 

W. ('. Bledsoe 1<h) oo 

W. ('. Ward, Jr 100 00 

II. A. Haralson 100 00 

\V. W. Burns 100 00 

W. (1. Currv 100 00 

W. II. Sniith UK) 00 

J. A. Wynne loo 00 



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'N. C. Underwood $ 100 00 

J. W. Stillwell Kio (>() 

I). W. Ward KM) 00 

<i. B. Kurns 100 00 

11. W. ('alley KM) 00 

M. I). Early KM) 00 

J. II. (iraham loo oo 

Mrs. M. II. Lane loo oo 

II L. McKei KM) (M) 

Edward Day 100 00 

1'. T. Male..' 100 00 

J. W. Hudson loo oo 

100 00 

loo- 00 

100 00 
KM) 00 
KM) 00 
100 00 
KM) 00 
100 00 
100 00 



S. J. Cnttfi .....$ KM) 00 

J.(i. Lmwrv KM) 00 

A. S. Smith KM) 00 

(). S. Weld. KIO 00 

.1. W Hurt KM) 00 

A. Edwards KM) (») 

J. A. (Menu 50 00 

K. P. bivricM ™ oo 

0. W. O'llara 50 00 

Sunbeam Society, Selnin.. 50 00 

S. I*. Mclhvain.' 50 IK) 

.1. H. Lluvil 50 00 

\V. L. ('lav 50 00 

V (1. Mullen . r >0 (M) 

A E Burns ')(> oo 

W.C. Maves 50 00 

J. U. Fendlcy 50 00 

1. A. White.". •')() 00 



F. C. Plaster 

\V. M. Blackwelder. 

J. T. Cane 

W. (i. llix 

J. Ei Barnard 

S. W. Welch 

C. L. Bovd 

W. L Ward 

A. F. I'.rezeale 



II. I). I>. Straton 

J. K. Burns 

B. F. (dies 

I). I. Purser 

(i A. Uomadav 

II. II Shell....: 

S. Frank Fowlkes 

J. C. L.»velaee 

Mrs. Judge WillianiH, 

W. M. Perkins 100 00 

F. M. Dunawav 100 00 

J. II. Williamson 100 00 

Joseph Swink 100 oo 

W T. Jones.. 100 oo 

J. II. Creighton 100 (Ml 

J. W. Dickinson 100 00 i U. J. Adams 

J. P. Shatter loooo W.. I. Roddick 

C. s. Ray loooo R. P. Andeison 

P. L. Moselev 100 00 

Win. A. Parker KM) 00 

T. M. Johnson 100 oo 

1). C. Culbrcth 100 00 

L. M. Bradley loo 00 i Total uneondit'lpledges,$12,130 (K) 

Cash collected, W. J. Elliott, $50.00; S. 1'. Lindsey, $10.00; J. W. 
Gibson, $5,00 ; in hat, f 20.51. Total cash; $85 51 j and the following 
conditional pledges, to-wit: Carlowville church 200.00; Troy church, 
500.00; Ft Deposit church, 250.00; Greenville church, 250.00; Tus- 
kegeu church, 500.00; Parker Memorial church, Anniston, 500.00. 
Total conditional pledges, $2,200,00. 
Making a grand total of $14,415,51. 

(Notk. — Some of these s(d)scriptions credited to delegates individ- 
ually it is expected will he assumed by their churches.— Secretary.) 



J. E. Wilson.. 
R. E. Weaver. 
E. M. Cook... 



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50 


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50 


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50 


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50 


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40 


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40 


110 


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SUNDAY MORNING. 
37. The annual Missionary Sermon was preached in 
the Baptist Church by George B. Eager; text, John 
12:32; Matthew 28:20. Pulpits of other denomina- 
tions were supplied by various members of the Conven- 
tion. 



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SUNDAY AFTERNOON. 

• 38. The subject of Home Missions being before tlie 
Convention, the report on the subject was reiwl by 
H. W. Caftey, as follows: 

In presenting tin's annual report, it is the pleasure of your Com- 
mittee on Home Minions to state there has been no n'ei ssiou in 
active work and progress in this department of Christian labor during 
the past year. I'ndcr the wise administration of its energetic and 
ahle Secretary, aided by his ellieient co-laborers, the watchword has 
heen "Kxcelsior." In every direction* libera] measures have been 
devised ami an impetus given to the ea use demanded by the neces- 
sities of the hour. Increased population, rapid development of 
business enterprises in every quarter, growing wealth, ami an aggre- 
gation of iniiuenees whom.* tendencies are antagonistic to the growth 
of the cause and kingdom of Christ, alike require, in order to meet 
the exigencies of the times, enlarged consecration on the part of 
(Jod's people, both of personal service and material means A crisis 
is upon us, and in no ape or time have grainier opportunities, or 
larger responsibilities devolved on the followers of Christ, and thank 
Hod in no age or time have his people heen more richly endowed 
with all the means, material, moral, and religions, with which to dis- 
charge these obligations. 

The Hoard, in recognition of these facts, and confiding in the sup- 
port of the brotherhood, have increased the missionary force in the 
field from 283 to 328, and are constantly occupying fresh points and 
forming other combinations, wherewith' to increase the power and ef- 
fectiveness of their work. Twelveof these missionaries arc laboring 
among our foreign population ; forty-one among the colored people; 
twenty in the island of Cuba; ami two hundred ami fifty-live among 
the native white people of the South. 

Your attention has been called more than once to the remarkable 
religious^ metamorphosis rapidly going on in the island of Cuba. 
Within a brief interval, as most of you are aware, a marvellous trans- 
formation has been wrought in Havana and elsewhere there, that ap- 
pears little short of the miraculous, and surely the hand of Cod is in 
it, and His blessed Spirit has guided our Hoard in its wise direction of 
this movement VVe should thank Cod and tike courage, that lie 
has raised up and qualified a man singularly fitted to carry nn this 
work of grace. In the person of Pro. Alberto .1. Diaz, we have a 
laborer endowed with a spirit kindred to that which animated the 
apostle Paul, when on his way to Jerusalem he was constrained to 
exclaim, "The Holy 11 host whnesscth in every citv, saying, that 
bonds and atllictions abide me. Hut none of these things'movu me, 
neither count 1 my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my 
course with joy, and tin ministry which I have received of the Lord 
Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God." Persecuted, bis life 
often in jeopardy, his good name maligned, and every agency a hos- 
tile priesthood, instigated by the arch enemy of mail, could' invent 
has been employed, and even the sacred precincts of tin- dead in- 
vaded, to retard and break down his influence and frustrate his labors; 
but in vain, for heaven smiles, Cod blesses, good men extend u help- 
ing hand, Christians pray for him, and the grand work j^'ms bravely 
on. As the outcome of three years' effort, we have u membership of 



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1,500,. ,f whom 300 have been baptised within the last twelve months; 
h even church!*, besides twenty other stations, supplied with pwath- 
[i»; twentv-six Nunday-sehools, 2.22H scholar* and Inhere. Ah an 
".flJKHnSle factor fur the pnmceution of its work ii. i Cuba ; th« 
Board, following the instructing of the Southern llaptist Coin ntion 
have purchased a suitable Imil.linfi near the centre of t e eit> of 
Havana, adapted to ehnrcli purposes, and capable of Keating 3,000 
Humle For thin property they wen- to pay **K,«» in three pay- 
ment*, S20,"00 °* which has been arranged; the deferred installments 
an. due rt^KCtively, March IMM1 and 1801. The attac munis to lua 

propcrtv, after paying taxes, yields an annual im ie of about »..uu >• 

This investment fa rcgarded by wane of our auwt angaeitina biiwnoMH 
men as prc-eminentiv wiae, and tin- Hoard say, " 1 Ins purchase gi\ os 
confidence to the people of Havana in tin- Htabihty and permanency 
of our work, and lifts it to a higher level, and attracts to us larger 
numbers of th*' better classes." We need not further enlarge upon 
this topic, as its importance, its necessities, its possibilities, and its 
encouragements have been frequently dilated »l«»n . 

Another inov. 'incut of great interest and luijMirtanee we would 
direet vinir attention to. The Home Hoard lias cut. red into a co-op- 
erative* arrangement with the Stale Mission Hoard, to establish and 
foslcr Theological Institutes for our colored ministry in tins State 
with a view of promoting »i larger knowledge oi the Scriptures, and 
training them for a more intelligent and ellicionl discharge or the ir 
liluli railing. In pursuance of thin agreement, Hro. F. t. Plaster has 
labored with Belli and ureal earnestness among our colored brethren, 
ami his eminent lltness for the position, mid consecration to the work, 
have rendered bis efforts highly acceptable and successful, and in 
view of the magnitude and overwhelming importance of the interests 
at stake, we would earnestly commend him and his mission to the 
praverful aympathy and active co-operation of our brethren. In 
Texas a (.'rami wo'rk is being prosecuted, but notwithstanding the 
combined exertions of the State and Home Hoards, there yet remain 
forty-nine county seats, forty-one city stations and 4o0,000 people 
destitute of gospel privileges. Notwithstanding the grandeur ol the 
results accomplished in this magnificent State in the past, eventu- 
ating in the establishment of about 1,01)0 churches, ami the baptism of 
many thousand believers from the immense area of territory, and 
rapidly increasing population, the work enlarp * and fresh demands 
are created on our Hoard. In Missouri, with her 000,000 German 
population, a most promising and inviting work is presented, with 
tields whitening unto harvest. 

Among tic Indians the seeds of gospel truth, sown in former years, 
are rimming, ami hope is culminating in fruition. In Maryland, a 
beloved and consecrated sister, Miss Lulu Whilden, is laboring among 
the Chinese population of that State. 

In Louisiana, the baptist cause is growing in strength daily, and 
after long years of weary waiting, the . indebtedness on our church 
property iii the city of New Orleans has been extinguished, and we 
arc now on a (inn footing in that priest ridden city, with increasingly 
brightening prospect*, and " in no State is the work more hopeful or 
promising than in Louisiana." In short in every State, and in all the 
varied interests fostered by the Home Hoard, its management has 
been conducted with vigor, wisdom, ami an earnest aggressiveness 
that augurs well for future results and the onward and upward 
growth of our Master's kingdom and cause. We would recommend 
to the Baptists of Alabama the excellent publication of the Hoard, 
known as " The Home Field," issued monthly at Atlanta, Georgia, 



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abounding in instructive and useful information, and calculated to 
awaken an interest in the various works of the Board. 

In conclusion we would invite the attention of our brethren to the 
fact, that this has heen a year of siirnal favor to us from our Ileavelv 
Father; health, peace, and plenty have crowned our herders; no epi- 
demic lias preyed upon any portion of our State; a buuiiteous har- 
vest has rewarded the labors of our people, with rich blessings in has- 
ket and store ; and ('Sod has poured out his Spirit on many of our 
churches, renewing them in spiritual strength, and bringing wiuls into 
his marvellous light, and causing them to rejoice in hope of his glory. 
May these manifestations of his goodness and love, excite in our 
hearts emotions of profound gratitude and love and stimulate us 
to enter upon tin 1 new year's work with fresh zeal and courage, and 
consecrating all of our powers to His service, let us labor to convey to 
all who are perishing the gladness of salvation, to furnish every 
family with tiie word of God, and "send to every neighborhood a 
preacher of the cross of Christ Our object will not he accomplished 
until every temple of wickedness is pulled down, and a temple of 
Jehovah erected in its room; until this earth, instead of being a 
theatre, on which immortal beings are preparing by crime for eternal 
condemnation, shall become one universal temple, in which the chil- 
dren <>f men are learning the anthems of the blessed above, and he- 
coming meet to join the general assembly and church of the lirst- 
boin, whose names are written in Heaven." 

II. W. Cafiky, 
J. 0. Cook. 

Addresses were made by I. T. Tichenor, A. .1. Diaz, 
and J. I\ Shaffer, and a subscription was made for the 
Havana church building, as follows: 

First Church, Montgomery, $050; Sehna church, 9500 ; East Lib- 
erty Association, $200; T II. Stout, $100 ; Tuskegee ' Association, 
$100; Hun beam Society of Evergreen church, }50.00; I. A. White, 
$2500; Harris Association, $100; Mt. Lebanon church, $45 (K); 
S .1. St rock, $50.00; Birmingham churches, $250 ; Cany Association, 
$50.00; Brewton church, $25.00; Siloam church, $100; l'rairie 
church, $10.00; Gadsden church, $20.00 ; L C. Coulson, $5.00; \V. 
R. Ivey.l. r ).00; Rock .Mills Association, $30.00; Bloctoil church, * 1 0.00; 
W.J. 1). I'pshaw, $25.00; Central Association, $50.00; .Tuskegee 
church, $2.")0; Mobile Association, $100; Jeiuison church, $18.00: Al- 
pine church, $. r )0. 00. Total pledges, $2,818.00. 

Cash •payments: H. E Lindsey, $5.00 ; A. Edwards, $5.00; Colli- 
rene church, $5.00; John and J.'l). Haralson. ; $ 7 50; hat collection, 
$12.00. Total cash, $34.50. 

Grand total, in cash andjpledges, $2,852.50. 

The report was then unanimously adopted. 



MONDAY MORNING. 

39. The report on Sunday-schools wus read by E. F. 
Buber, Chairman, as follows : 



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REPORT ON SABBATH-SCHOOLS. 

It would be nothing new to remark that the Sabbath-school is one of 
the chief sources for tin 1 maintenance off the strength of our churches. 
It is a well known fact that very many of those who nre reeeive<l into 
our churches every year arc members of those schools, anil many of 
the adults baptized received their first religious impressions through 
tlx- instrumentality of the Sabbath lemon. 

It is also conceded that the duty devolves upon ns of giving to the 
boys and girls, as they grow up around hh, the besl religions educa- 
tion that we can impart to them. This obligation would exist, even 
if we did not have the hope of receiving them into our churches. It 
is a dutv that we owe to society and to the State, aH well as to the in- 
dividuals who are taught. 

These considerations impel us to constant faithfulness in the Sab- 
bath-school work. Not only should we sedulously practice methods 
that are approved by long use, but also look for and adopt such new 
methods as give promise of benefit. 

We believe that it should be regarded by us as a duty to establish a 
Sabbath-school wherever it is possible to have one, and that each 
church is bound by sacred obligation to < lod and man to perform this 
duty. It is not a matter that should be left to the pious zeal of a few 
members, but it is the business of the church. 

K. F. Baher, Chairman. 

After remarks by IJ. II. Crumpton and E. F. Babcr, 
the report was adopted. 

40. The report on Education was read as follows : 
REPORT ON EDUCATION. 

We congratulate the Baptists of Alabama on the rapid progress 
made in their educational interests. Thoroughly aroused to the great 
importance of educating their children, our people are putting forth 
more efforts than ever before in this direction. They are making 
sacrifices, when need be, to accomplish this great end. As an evidence 
of this fact, our brethren are giving liberally of their means, to build 
institutions of learning, under the fostering care of the denomination, 
and are sending their children to our schools. Hut there is one lam- 
entable fact to which we n fer with some degree of regret- -manv of 
our denomination are not patronizing our denominational school's as 
we think thev should. If our institutions of learning are to be suc- 
cessful and accomplish the ends designed and desired, they must be 
supported by our denomination. From this source we. certainly expect 
a support and co-o|H'ration. We must be united or the schools and 
colleges controlled by Baptists will not be a grand success. 

In union there is strength, and without it comes weakness. 

We should feel a just pride in Howard College, located at Mast Lake. 
It is to-day more prosperous, perhaps, than it has been in the past. 
It is well officered, and the education here imparted is solid, practi- 
cal, and of a high order, fitting our boys for the battle of life. Sup- 
port it with your money, your boys and your prayers, and God's 
blessing will rest upon it, and the greatest results will attend its oper- 
ations. Brethren, encourage these institutions. Send your boys to 
the Howard. 

And what shall we say of the Judson Institute, from whose walls 
many hundred of polished, educated and refined youug women have 



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>*one forth to adorn society and make the world better? Whereveryou 
go, especially in the Gulf-States, yon are not from under the influence 

exerted by the alumme of thin glorious institution <>f learning. Scat- 
tered an they are throughout the Southland, they have exerted an 
influence for good that is untold in its ell'ects and extent. 

We recommend the adoption of the following resolu- 
tions : 

Itix'ihrtl, That the Alabama lliipt tHt State Convention, now in ses- 
sion, do hereby authorize and empower tie- President of the Hoard of 
Trustees of Howard College, who is now \V. ('. Ward, for ami on the 
part of this body, for the purpose of raising money to complete the 
main college building, by authority and direction of the board of 
Trustees, to sell and convey any property donated to thin Convention, 
which by the terms of the pi ft may be- used for that purpose; or to 
secure by mortgage of such property, the notes of Howard College 
executed for the purpose of borrowing money to complete that build- 
ing. 

Ri-xnlml 2d. That VV. ('. Ward, President of said board of Trustees, 
or his successor in ollice, is also authorized to execute a deed to W. II. 
Wood conveying a lot of land heretofore contracted to he given him 
an payment to cover and fit up a building now uaed for a mess hall. 

liemlved'M The Hoard of Trustees of Howard College is empowered 
to borrow nionev at anytime it may be necessary to do so, by hypoth- 
ecation of subscription notes, to carry on the work to the completion 
of the building. 

After remarks by B. F. Riley, K. A. J. Cumbie, 
S. W.Averctt, Basil Mnnly, M. J). Early, .1. A. Foster, 
aud'F.'S. Moody, the report was adopted. 

41. The following resolution, offered by -1. B. Love- 
luce, was adopted, to-wit : 

Jli'sulml, That this Convention hereby ratifies ami approves the 
action of tin- board of Trustees of the J udsott Female Institute, in is- 
suing bonds to the amount of twenty-five thousand dollars, and giv- 
ing the mortgage or deed of trust on the property, real and personal, 
belonging to the Trusteesof the Judaon Female Institute, to sec tire the 
payment of said bonds and coupons as they become due and payable, 

42. On motion of J. B. Lovelace, a committee, con- 
sisting of John Moore, .Jon. Haralson, and II. »S. D. 
Mallory, was appointed to secure from the legislature of 
Alabama any needed amendments to the charter of 
the Judson Institute. 

43. The report on Foreign Missions was read by 
J. C. Wright, Chairman, as follows: 

Foreign Missions are the great driving-wheel of Christian enter- 
prise. All other missions are the smaller wheels in the combination. 
The Foreign Mission idea is the necessary completion of the Christian 
life. It is the ajK-x to which all the lines of the pyramid leud up. 



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It might bo difficult to name and define the great secondary force, 
f»r forces of nut lire; tin- cause of movements in the natural and spirit- 
unl univei-He. Hut one tiling is clear, the greatest force for the 
world's transformation is the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. The 
gospel istlie powcrofGod unto siil vation to every one that helieveth, 
whither Jew or Greek, heathen or homo-horn sinm r. 

The greut eoiumand of our Lord, "(Jo ye into all the world and 
preach the gospel to every creature, though given eighteen ci nturies 
ago, has not, through the lapse of agCB, lost any of it* original force 
and Divine authority. The gospel is still the power of God, the word 
of the Muster, the moral lever to lilt u fallen world into the kingdom 
of Christ. Now, we better understand the genius of the great com- 
mission and are better acquainted with the lost condition of the 
heathen ;«nd this knowledge makes the Master's call and our duty 
vastly more imperative. 

The heathen are as lost asever; but roads are cut out to all nations, 
and all ohstacli s to the progress of the gospel are removed, and the 
world-field is white unto tin- harvest and an intense Christianity 
could throw a Bible into every heathen's door. 

Now if, with these open doora before us, and a dying world around 
us, we, with all our facilities and ample ability to send the bread of 
life to perishing millions, fail to do it, then we are without excuse, 
criminal, and their blood will be upon our skirts. 

Foreign Missions are at once the shame and glory of the Christian 
church, a shame that so little lias been done for so great a cause, 
a glory that so much has been done with so little means. Many of 
the fathers of missions now rest from their labors. We thank (iod 
for the great work he enabled them to accomplish; and we rejoice 
in the good work our missionaries are now doing on the field ; and 
in the bright promise and splendid outlook of the world for Christ at 
an early day. 

This is a shorthand age. Cod will work by short methods. Al- 
ready nations have been born in a ilav. Ami others will follow in 
«|iiick succession. " I will work a work in your days, which ye will 
not believe, though it lie told you." It will be by short method, so 
quick ami so sudden, that none will believe it, though told them. 
■ Satan falls as lightning from Heaven. And gospel light shall be as 
the "lightning coining out of the east, and shining even unto the 
west." 

For the past year, the work in Foreign Fields, namely, Mexico. 
Brazil, Italy, Africa, and China, has been successful, encouraging ami 
prosperous. There has been marked progress on all the lines of our 
Foreign work, bast year, nearly one hundred thousand dollars was 
contributed to our Foreign board, and has been expended on these 
fields. Fifteen new missionaries have been appointed, and these, with 
their assistants make a missionary company of thirty persons. This 
new nppoinment, together with live houses "of worship, which should 
be built, because greatly needed, would raise the amount needed by 
the Foreign Hoard to one hundred and fifty thousand dollars for the 
year now upon us. Alabama is called on to* raise six thousand dollars 
of the above amount. Let Alabama give ten thousand dollars at once. 

We have the men, we need money. To convert the heathen with- 
out money is a physical impossibility. Missionaries do not feed on 
the winds, nor do they weave garments from the clouds. They do 
not Hy in the air, but sail in ships. Bibles are not printed On the 
leaves of the forest with the dewdrops of the morning. Fill the 
waterpots, our duty ; results, God will change the water into wine. 



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Fill the missionaries' pocket with money for expenses, fill heathen 
lands with missionaries and Bibles ; and God will change the heathen 
into a Christian, the thirsty lands into springs of water, the wilder* 

ni'es into a well cultivated field, and the desert shall rejoice and blos- 
som as the rose. 

J. 0. Wright, 

T. W. A VERS, 

S. W. Harris, 

W. N. Hl'CKAIIKK, 

C. W. O'IIaua. 

After renin rks by P. T. Hale, E. B. Tongue, J. 0- 
Hixson, S. Henderson, W. C. Cleveland, and M. II. 
Lane, the report was adopted. 

44. The report on Temperance was read as follows : 

Your Committee on Temperance beg to report on Intemperance aa 

follows: 

The liquor traflic is one of the most gigantic curses to the human 
race. This traffic is a withering blight to almost all civilized coun- 
tries. But it is to the shame and disgrace of so-called Christian coun- 
tries that they have made heathen sober countries to become 
drunken. 

While this traflic haw cast its blight on all civilizations, we see it 
most, feel it keenest in America, our country, our cities, our homes. 
It is a colossal power. "Six years ago there were in the United 
States 206,970 liquor dealers. The saloons placed in unbroken line 
would make a continuous front from Chicago to New York. There 
is invested in this business $1,000,000,000. In Boston alone the 
business operate* $75,000,000. The annual liquor bill of this nation 
18 $900,000,000." — (Strong), Ami the reports in the associated press 
show that recently millions of money have been invested in this 
traffic in America, and much of it by foreign capitalists. 

These vast amounts represent boundless power. This power is 
thoroughly organized. Its machinery is as complete as clock-work. 
In response to a touch of the wire its jealous and zealous nerves tin- 
gle from sea to sea. and any amount of monev can be had either to 
defeat the voice of an honest, outraged people, or to kill a bill in 
Congress. In our counties and cities the voice of the better class of 
citizens who give tone and character to society and business in gen- 
eral is ignored when it comes to the whisky question and the voict of 
the drunken rabble makes the law, and it the people do vote it out, 
its dealers nlory in the fact that they can sell it on the sly, showing 
that they are a lawless people. As there is no reason for the traflic 
apart from the mere money there is in it, its devotees, to carry their 
measures, make the ignorant rabble drunk, that in the absence of 
reason they may win their point. This evil has killed and is killing 
more of our citizens than could an invading army. It has made 
desolate more homes, blasted more hopes, wrecked more fortunes, 
than did the civil war. It wrecks for now ami forever. It is a greater 
curse to us than anarchy or socialism could 1m-. These could and 
would be crushed out. lint this tratlic strides to the front and cries 
out, "law!" Its license is a law to defeat law. Its legality is li- 
censed crime. Crime is its offspring. It is a standing menace to our 
fovernment and a perpetual barrier to the progress of our churches, 
t greatly delays the coming of our Lord's kingdom. It is wholly au 
live unmitigated by any good. 



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How this gigantic evil in to be met, God only knows. If the pulpit 
takes hold of tin- question, its devotees cry out, saying: "It is a polit- 
ical question." If it is fought on political grounds, its adherents say : 
"It is a moral question and ought not to be tampered with outside 
the pulpit." If you sav "local option," whisky men at once turn to 
"moral suasionists." I'f you say "high license," you only render it 
more respectable without cutting it oil' or abating to a great extent it* 
evil. From a human standpoint, we are overwhelmed ; children cry- 
ing in the night of sorrow ; crying for help. BiU,(ion Reigns! And 
with the love of God, of humanity, of country and of home beating 
high in our hearts, we turn our eyes to the God of Israel and to the 
power of the Trinity, and cry for help. Whatever maybe the position 
of politics and law with reference to this great question, God, and 
Christ, and the Holy Spirit, and truth and right are on the side of 
sobriety, ami we must not, cannot fail. Fixing our eyes upon thin 
throne "whence cometh our help, we will preach that doctrine of pro- 
hibition which (Sod has taught, viz: "Let not sin, therefore, reign in 
your mortal body, that ye should obey the lusts thereof; neither pre- 
sent your members unto sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but 
present yourselves unto God as alive from the dead, and your mem- 
bers as instruments of righteousness unto God." Horn. (>: 13, 14. 

W. I,. Plt'KARD, 

C. S. Kay, 
A. T. Sims. 

After remarks by L. C. Ooulson, the report was 
adopted. 

45. The report on Woman's Work was rend by F. S. 
Moody, as follows : 

The Committee on Woman's Work reports ns follows, 

The appointment of a committee on this subject would seem to in- 
dicate an opinion on the part of tin' Baptists of Alabama that woman's 
work needed to be contradistinguished from man's work, or else that 
the power,.< and usefulness of woman had been overlooked by the 
church and needed now lo be brought into greater prominence. 

As a general proposition it may be said that woman's work in the 
'church is the same as that of man, except where it is limited by the 
bible, or by restrictions imposed by her sex. These limitations are 
few in number. .She is enjoined not to speak out in meeting, and as 
f<hr is commanded to be subject to her husband, we may presume 
that in ordinary cases she is not expected to antagonize that person by 
her vote, or to take the reins of government, either church or State, 
out of his hands. . These limitations arc so few in number, it follows 
that the scope of her work is but little less than man's. Instead, then, 
of asking what it is that woman can do, why not ask what it is that 
she cannot do? But probably this committee is expected to specify a 
little in the line of woman's usefulness. 

1. We note that woman can ^i>llJ. In our day and time it is a notice- 
able, if not a lamentable, fact that in some of our city churches, congre- 
gational singing has almost become b lost art. We prefer to sing by 
proxy. This plan is easier than the old fashioned way, und more satis- 
factory both to the languid people and to the Bathetic choir. But is 
there anything sweeter or more inspiring than a multitude of voices 
issuing from sentient, thoughtful, grateful human beings, as with one 



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acclaim tlicy sing praises to Jehovah? Ministers who are looking 
about for moans by which to draw a crowd, would tind that an active 
and general participation in church mimic would form one of (he most 
reliable sources of attraction, and be very helpful in producing in the 
congregation a devotional spirit. Now, your committee is of the opin- 
ion that our women can do very much to bring about conditions so 
desirable. If only the females were to sing, then at least one-half wf 
the congregation would be performing their duty. That much would 
certainly be gained. But now could the other half, the men, resist 
an invitation from their lady friends to join them in the worship of 
song? If the women of a church want to work,- really want some- 
thing to do -let them take their hymn-books to church, and when 
the hymn is announced, let them open their months and sing aloud. 

2. Benevolence is one of the characteristics of Christianity. Your 
committee is of the opinion that sufficient stress is not laid on this 
subject. Is it not true that in this respect the Masons, the Odd-Fel- 
lows, and other merely human institutions sometimes lead where 
they ought to follow ? Religion -true religion is intensely practical. 
lias not the church, by its dereliction in benevolence, permitted 
other institutions to take from it some of the power ami influence to 
which it is entitled? Hut with the calls for lid)) that ought to be 
heeded, come others that should he only partially supplied or not at 
all. The collection of alius and their proper distribution require so 
much labor that a judicious and energetic committee for that object 
should he organized in every church, and on such a committee woman ■ 
can be of invaluable service. I ler patience, her gentleness, her sym- 
pathy, her faith and zeal peculiarly tit her for such a work. >\ ho, 
better than she, can visit the sick and charm away pain? Who, better 
than she, can administer alms or comfort those in distress ? Who, bet- 
ter than she, can cool the fevered brow, or point the dying man to a 
home in heaven ? 

3- In the decoration of the church building and the selection of fur- 
niture, woman's elegant taste and sound discretion can tie utilized. 

4. In mission work, the patient, steadfast zeal of woman sometimes 
outstrips that of man. And in temperance work our wives ever set 
us an example. They are more consistent, than we. Were it proper 
for them to vote, they would never pray for prohibition on Sunday 
and on Monday vote with u party that expected to continue the liquor 
traflic. 

5. But it is in the Sunday-school that woman shines with a peculiar 
brightness. Here meet the person and the place. Togetherthcy form 
an opportunity and a power. Woman's natural love of children ; the 
care, patience and skill which she acquires in rearing her own off- 
spring; her capacity to please and entertain the. young; her consist- 
ency of character ; her purity; her devotion, and her appreciation of 
spiritual truth, -all these preeminently lit her for doing noble work 
in the Hiindav-school. 

Your committee has not madethe foregoing as anexhaustive'analy- 
sis of woman's work. But what we have said we ask that you will 
take as merely suggestive of what may be done in religious work by 
God's last, best gift to man. 

Frank S. Moody, Chairman. 

On motion of John W. Stewart, the following 

amendment was adopted, to-wit : j 

We recommend, for the general good of our Redeemer's cause, and 



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for the encouragement of Baptist women throughout our State, thnt 
a Woman's Missionary Society be organised in every church ; not to 
work independently of, and apart from the church, but to bo under 
the auspices of the churches in which they are organized, all their 
contributions pawing through the hands of the Treasurer of the 
church. 

We reeommend further, that a State Central Committee be. ap- 
pointed by tins Convention, to co-operate with the Executive Com- 
mittee, oii Woman's Work, which is located in Baltimore. This cen- 
tral committee to he located at Birmingham, the officers to be Mrs. T. 
A. Hamilton, Birmingham, President; Mrs. M. I). Early, Talladega ; 
Mrs. J. C. Bush, Mobile; and Mrs. Geo. B. Eager, Anniston, Vice- 
Presidents; Mrs. I. C. Brown, East Lake, Secretary ; and Mrs. I. Y. 
Snge, Birmingham,Treasurer. / ( 

After remarks by D. W. Ramsey, R. A. J. Cumbie, 
M. D. Early, and J. T. Verby, the report was adopted. 

46. The report of Committee on Nominations was 
adopted as follows : 

Dilegalrn to the Southern BaptiM Convention. — Jon. Haralson, W. C. 
Cleveland, T. II. Stout, J. lb Cook, B. J. Skinner, (j. R. Farnham, 
•B.H.Crumpton, T. W. Hart, II. S. I). Mallorv, J. B. Lovelace, Geo. S. 
Anderson, E. F. Baber L. L. Belsher, A. B. Johnston, W. S. Hender- 
son, W. J. Elliott, S. W. Averett, J. A. Wynne, A. E. Burns, M. S. 
Stevens, John T. Davis, L. M. Bradley, J. II. Williamson, T. G. Bush, 
M. B. Wharton, II. W. Caffey, A. J. Waldrop, Win. A. Davis, J. E. 
Chambliss, J. II. Curry, Samuel Henderson, John F. Purser, Z. D. 
Roby, G. A. Hornady, George E. Brewer, W. C. Bledsoe, J. P.Snaffer, 
L. W. Lawler, J. W. Bishop, Abner Williams, J. C. Wright, Joseph 
Shackelford, D. I. Purser, K. II. Sterrett F. S. Moody, B. F. Riley, 
L. G. Skipper, J. W. Stewart, Cat. Smith, K. B. Tcaguc, G. T. Lee, 
W. L. Piekard, W. M Blackwelder, D. M. Ramsey, J. J. Taylor, 
H. D. D. Straton, J. II. Foster, Jr., A. P. Bush, M. D. Early, G. D. 
Staton, M.'ll. Lane, T. J. Law, T. W. Avers, R. W. Beck, John A. 
Foster, J. A. Scott, J. C. Hiden, Geo. B." Eager, W H.Smith, P. T. 
Hale. 

(The remainder of the report appears on the second 
page of the cover — Secretary.) 

47. The committee to whom was referred the sugges- 
tion in report of State Mission Board regarding estab- 
lishment of a Bible and Colportage Board, offered the 
following resolution, to-wit: 

Retohrti, That the State Mission Board be authorized to appoint an 
assistant secretary with special reference to Bible and colportage 
work, and that the Convention instruct the Board as to the salary of 
said assistant. 

The report was discussed by W. C. Cleveland, W. B. 



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Crurapton, J. B. Lovelace, M. B. Wharton, E. B. 
Teague, George B. Eager, and S. Henderson, and the 
Convention adjourned with the question pending. 



MONDAY AFTERNOON. 

48. Consideration of pending question was resumed, 
and Z. I). Roby offered the following substitute, to-wit 

Wiikkeas, Our Bible and Colportage work has increased bo that the 
State Mission Board can no longer give it the attention its magnitude 
and importance deserve and demand ; therefore 

Remleed, 1. That thin Convention appoint a Board to take charge of 
this department of work to be known as the Bible and Colportage 
Board. 

2. That said Board be located in Opelika. 

3. That said Board be composed oi the following named brethren: 
W. E. Hndmon, l'resident, YV. K. I.lovd, (i. A. Hornadv, J. P. Shaf- 
fer, YV. C. Bledsoe,. J. A. Howard, Z. D. Roby, W. L. Hood and J. C. 
Condon. 

4. That said Boanl he authorized to elect its own Secretary and 
Treasurer, and determine what salary shall he paid him. 

ft. That as soon as the Bible and Colportage Board shall have been 
organized, the State Mission Board shall transfer thereto whatever 
books, papers, tracts and money, properly belong to this department 
of our work. 

After discussion by S. Henderson, W. B. Crnnipton, 
B. II. Crumpton, W. 0. Cleveland, J. P. Shaffor, E. B, 

Teague, and Z. I). Roby, the substitute was unanimously 
adopted after adding to Board name of Z. D. Roby. 

49. On motion of W. C. Cleveland, the committee to 
prepare a programme for next session was directed to 
omit any for a Ministers' Meeting. 

50. A motion directing same committee to omit ap- 
pointment of speakers was lost. 

51. The following communication was read, to-wit : 

Judhon Institute, Makion, Ala., June 5th, 1889. 

The Ann Hasseltine Society of the Judson Institute held its regular 
monthly meetings during the session just closed. The attendance 
upon these meetings was not so large as usual, and the contributions 
were correspondingly small ; but an encouraging interest in missions 
was manifested— an interest that was well sustained from the lirst 
meeting in November to the last, held in May. 

Besides the regular meetings, the members of the society met Sab- 



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bnth after Sabbath, during the spring, for the purpose of reading to- 
gether the life of Mrs. Ann H. Judson. 

We have reason to hope for good results from this year's work of 
the society. The contributions were as follows: To the Pingtu 
Mission. China, S'J.Oj; To the church nt Havana, Cuba, $7.03. 

Sam.ik Martin, Secretary. 

52. The following resolution, offered by T. \V. Hart, 

was adopted by a rising vote, to-wit : 

Raolved, That the thanks of this Convention are hereby tendered 
to the citizens of Sebna for their kind and generous hospitaliiy to us 
during our stay in the city; also to the churches of the several denom- 
inations who have so generously extended the use of their pulpits to 
our members, and also to the various railroads that have granted us 
reduced rates. 



MONDAY NIGILT. 

53. M. B. Wharton preached at night on subject of 
"Ananias and Sapphira." 

54. George W. Ellis was elected Statistical Sec- 
retary. 

55. After prayer by Z. D. Roby, the Convention ad- 
journed to meet with St. Francis Street Church, Mo- 
bile, on Friday, November 7, 1890. 

Jon. Haralson, President. 
Wm. A. Davi8, Secretary. 



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Session begins the middle of September and closes the 
middle of June. Nine full months. 

LOCATION HEALTHY'! 

PURE MOUNTAIN AIR AND WATER ! 

COMFORTABLE QUARTERS 

FOR STUDENTS. 

EXCELLENT TABLE FARE. " 

, A successful Kcsfturant Proprietor has been employed to superintend the 
dining hall. ThVeoume in the college In thorough ami the standard high. In- 

v stnictlou ih given in the ancient ami modem classics, the seieucos ami book-keep* 
ing. 

Tuition, board, fuel, rent of room, washing for room, servant'* hire am) Inci- 
dentals, 1199.75 per session. 

Tlie IF-a.c\a.lty lErabracss 

FroJetworH Riley, Dill, Hmlth, Giles, Macon, Waldrop. 
For information, apply to 

REV. B. F. RILEY, D. D., President, 

East Lake, Alabama, 




Read the Report of Hon. John Moore, President of 
the Board of Trustees published in these Minutes. 

Ca.lond.ax of tlxe E2ol Session. 
The First Term Began October 9th, 18S9. 
The First Term ends February 16th, 1890. 
The Second Term begins February 17th, 1890. 
The session ends June 19th, 1890. 
Information cheerfully and promptly furnished if appli- 
cation be made to 

S. W. AVERETT, President. 



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